Factors influencing the quality of life of infertile women in United Arab Emirates

G. M. Khayata, D. E.E. Rizk, M. Y. Hasan, S. Ghazal-Aswad, M. A.N. Asaad

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    Abstract

    Objectives: To measure the quality of life in a representative sample of infertile women and evaluate their sociocultural attitude to this condition. Methods: Two hundred sixty-nine infertile women attending the Assisted Reproduction clinic, Tawam Hospital were consecutively selected. They were interviewed about the effect of infertility on their quality of life using a structured, measurement-specific and pre-tested questionnaire. Results: Parameters mostly affected were mood-related mainly in women above 30 years, with primary and female factor infertility and those in polygamous marriages. Quality of life did not affect sexual performance and was not affected by duration of infertility or cost of treatment. Conclusion: The results highlight the importance of bearing children and the stresses exerted on infertile women in Eastern societies. Thorough counseling and continuing support of infertile women is therefore indicated to improve their quality of life.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)183-188
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
    Volume80
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2003

    Keywords

    • Infertility
    • Polygamous marriage
    • Quality of life
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Women

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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