International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine
Research and Clinical Center for Infertility, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences of Yazd
Vol. 17, No. 1, 2019, pp. 57-66
Bioline Code: rm19007
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Reproductive BioMedicine, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2019, pp. 57-66
© Copyright 2019 - Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi et al.
The efficacy of group counselling on perceived stress among infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilization treatment: An RCT|
Hamzehgardeshi, Zeinab; Yazdani, Fereshteh; Elyasi, Forouzan; Moosazadeh, Mahmood; Peyvandi, Sepideh; Gelehkolaee, Keshvar Samadaee & Shahidi, Maryam
Background: One of the stressful and critical experiences that threat the individual, family,
marital, and social stability is infertility.
Objective: To identify the effects of midwifery-led counselling programs on the perceived stress
of the women undergoing assisted reproductive treatment.
Materials and Methods: In this randomized clinical trial, 50 infertile women who underwent
in vitro fertilization treatment for the first time were enrolled in two groups. The intervention
group received six sessions of group counselling by M.Sc. midwifery of counseling student
and the control group received only the routine care. All participants filled Newton’s standard
questionnaire before and at the time of puncture, embryo transfer and the pregnancy test.
Results: The mean ± SD scores for the perceived infertility stress before the intervention in the
control and the intervention groups were 167.92 ± 12.14 and 166.75 ± 13.27, respectively. The
mean of perceived stress after intervention at the time of oocyte puncture in the control and case
group were 177.12 ± 19.37 and 115.75 ± 13.88, at the time of embryo transfer were 179.40 ± 18.34
and 118.08 ± 15.37, and at the time of pregnancy test was 183.76 ± 14.97 and 120.50 ± 16.24,
respectively. The perceived stress of infertility after intervention were statistically significant in
the two group (p ≤ 0.001).
Conclusion: Group counselling is one of the effective methods for reducing the perceived stress
in the women undergoing assisted reproductive treatment.
Infertility; Group counselling; Perceived infertility stress.
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