African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 16, No. 2, 2016, pp. 441-450
Bioline Code: hs16057
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 16, No. 2, 2016, pp. 441-450
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The effect of anxiety and depression scores of couples who underwent assisted reproductive techniques on the pregnancy outcomes.|
Terzioglu, Fusun; Turk, Rukiye; Yucel, Cigdem; Dilbaz, Serdar; Cinar, Ozgur & Karahalil, Bensu
Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of anxiety and depression scores of couples who underwent Assisted
Reproductive Techniques (ART) on pregnancy outcomes.
Method: This study was conducted as a prospective and comparative study with 217 couples. The study data was collected by
using a semi-structured questionnaire and the Turkish version of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and Beck Depression
Inventory (BDI). The questionnaire, STAI and BDI were applied to couples who initiated ART treatment. Couples’ state anxiety
scores were re-evaluated after embryo transfer (ET).
Results: A significant relationship was found between the depression score of women and pregnancy outcome (p < 0.05). It
was determined that anxiety scores for both men and women were higher before the ART procedure, but their anxiety scores
decreased after ET (p < 0.05). Spouses of women with a negative pregnancy outcome had higher trait and state anxiety mean
scores (p > 0.05) and lower depression scores (p <0.05) than spouses of women with a positive pregnancy outcome.
Conclusion: Study results indicated that the anxiety and depression scores of couples who had achieved a positive pregnancy
result were lower than for couples with a negative result. The results of this study will contribute to the health professionals
especially to the nurses who spend the most time with couples in providing consulting services and supporting psychological
status of couples during ART process in Turkey.
Infertility assisted reproductive techniques; anxiety; depression; pregnancy outcome