Psychological characteristics of women undergoing an IVF treatment.

Naku, E.A.; Bokhan, T.G.; Ul'yanich, A.L.; Shabalovskaya, M.V.; Tosto, M.G.; Terekhina, O.V. and Kovas, Yulia. 2016. Psychological characteristics of women undergoing an IVF treatment. Gynecology, Obstetrics and Perinatology, 15(6), pp. 23-30. [Article]

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The objective. To find specificities of mental states, personal and reactive anxiety, dominating reproductive motives in women, who participate in an IVF programme taking into account the time of planned pregnancy, number of IVF attempts and success of treatment.

Patients and methods. The study included 214 women who participated in an IVF programme and 83 women with natural pregnancy. The following psychodiagnostic techniques were used: «Self-evaluation of mental states» (according to H.Eysenck), «Depression inventory» (A.Beck), anxiety scale (Ch.Spielberger, adapted by Yu.L.Khanin), reproductive motives questionnaire «My pregnancy» (O.V.Magdenko).

Results. Mental states of most women of the IVF group are characterized by allowable levels of anxiety, rigidity, aggression and frustration. In 30% of women, symptoms of mild, moderate, medium, in single cases – severe depression are noted. High personal anxiety is characteristic of many women of the IVF group. No relationship between mental states and the number of IVF attempts and outcomes of treatment has been found. We have found that a longer planning of pregnancy is associated in women of the IVF group with increased frustration and significance of certain motives. The latent structure of the examined psychological characteristics in women of the IVF group is presented by four factors pointing to possible psychological predictors of the formation of negative mental states.

Conclusion. The results we have obtained about the psychological characteristics of women objectify the tasks of a
differentiated psychological follow-up of women during an IVF programme indicating the need for replication on other samples
and further research with due account of the heterogeneity of an IVF group. Key words: heterogeneity of women of IVF group, women participating in IVF programme; personal and reactive anxiety, mental states, reproductive motives.

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20 December 2016Published
19 December 2016Accepted
10 October 2016Submitted

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