A qualitative study of the challenges experienced by iranian infertile couples after unsuccessful assisted reproductive technologies

Zagami, S. E. and Roudsari, R. L. and Janghorban, R. and Bazaz, S. M. M. and Amirian, M. and Allan, H. T. (2019) A qualitative study of the challenges experienced by iranian infertile couples after unsuccessful assisted reproductive technologies. International Journal of Women's Health and Reproduction Sciences, 7 (3). pp. 331-338.

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Objectives: Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) give hope to some infertile couples; however, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is expensive and not subsidized by the Iranian state. More than 75 of IVF cycles in Iranian couples are unsuccessful. The aim of this study is to describe the challenges experienced by infertile couples after unsuccessful treatment. Materials and Methods: In this descriptive qualitative study, 36 participants including 29 Iranian infertile couples recruited after unsuccessful ART treatments, five infertility treatment team members and 2 relatives of infertile couples were interviewed at an Infertility Center in Northeastern Iran from April 2016 to June 2017. Data were collected using semi-structured, face-to-face interviews. Data analysis was carried out following Sandelowski. Results: Iranian infertile couples’ experiences following failed ART cycles are described. The findings presented here show that Iranian infertile couples experience stressors during treatment cycles and systemic challenges which may be unique to the Iranian cultural context. Conclusions: Iranian infertile couples face particular challenges related to the cultural context in which ARTs are delivered. Further exploration of the effects of culture on the experiences of failed ARTs needs to be considered by infertility clinics in Iran. © 2019 The Author (s).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :3 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Roudsari, R.L.; Nursing and Midwifery Care Research Center, Mashhad University of Medical SciencesIran; email: Latifnejadr@mums.ac.ir
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assisted reproductive technologies Failed treatment cycles Healthcare system challenges Infertile couples Psychological stressors adult article clinical article data analysis female health care system human infertility therapy interview Iran male qualitative research relative
Subjects: WQ Obstetrics
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib1 lib1
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2020 05:45
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2020 05:45
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/18694

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