Women experience fear of injections and other anxiety during ART


It’s not surprising that women who see out fertility treatment also experience strong emotions, highs and lows. A new study from Europe shows that countries there with the highest number of assisted reproduction cycles can identify which aspects of reproduction treatment contribute to psychological stress.

Infertility naturally emotional

“Infertility causes a series of varied emotions that have a negative impact on important aspects of a woman’s life,” explained Juan Garcia Velasco, one of the authors of the study and director of the Infertility Institute of Valencia. “It is linked to depression, anxiety, anger, cognitive imbalance and low self-esteem.”

Many women feel shame

The study looked at the experiences of 445 women between the ages of 18 and 44. Some had not undergone fertility treatment, others were currently receiving it or had received it in the past two years. Almost a third reported that they began to worry from the moment in which they started trying to get pregnant and nearly half claimed to have felt ashamed or like a failure as a woman.

Injection anxiety and stress with partner

The main causes of anxiety included receiving the injections and the deterioration of the their relationship with their partner. Women undergoing fertility treatment said they were more anxious when it comes to sex and negative emotions like impatience or frustration. They also said they felt “vulnerable and exhausted.”

Improve the shot rounds and provide intervention

Even though the women were aware that infertility can occur with advancing age, 68% said they never thought it would happen to them. “In order to overcome the physical and psychological challenges that such treatment implies, some form of protocol would be necessary that involves a minimal number of injections and an increase in readily available information in order to reduce stress and increase patient satisfaction,” explained Velasco.

Source: FECYT – Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, MedicalNewsToday


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