Identification of psychological problems in infertile patients as an important step toward infertility treatments: a review of Alexithymia and social anxiety in infertile women

Keshavarz, F.
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p51
Academic Journal
Introduction: Difficulty in identifying and describing feelings, lack of emotional capacity to identify and describe emotions that make the Word (Alexithymia) and anxiety or social phobia may be associated with psychological problems in infertile women. Purpose of this study was to evaluate Alexithymia and social phobia in infertile women and Relation between them. Materials and Methods: This study is a cross-sectional study on a sample of 100 Infertile Women who attended to gynecology clinic in 2 months. Data gathering was from to Toronto Alexithymia questionnaire with 20 question in 3 dimension and social phobia questionnaire with 17 question in 3 dimension, data analysis by using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation and regression analysis was performed Results: According to the results duration of infertility one to four years and the age range was 20 to 30 years . the results showed that the mean of torrent subs calls were difficulty in identifying feelings (22.4±8.03), difficulty describing feelings(14.7±4.5), thinking with Orientation (21.2±4.4) the rate of Alexithymia in participant 54% reported. Rate of social phobia in this samples was 46% also social phobia subscale fear (6.4±4.50), avoiding (8.40±5.52) and Physiology Signs (5.28±3.07) was reported. Relationship between DDF and phobia (p=0.03), DDF and Physiology Signs (p=0.01) were significant. Conclusion: Due to relation between social phobia and Alexithymia, we recommended attention to psychological problem in infertile patient inside other medical treatments. This could be playing a major role in developmental of health in this patients.


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