Background: The diagnosis of infertility strongly impacts on psychological and sexological couple health. In this regard, some feelings and psychological states were demonstrated in association with reproductive problems. Depression and anxiety are the most common psychopathologies associated with infertility, although also sexuality is strongly involved in infertility conditions. Objectives: The aim of this study is to develop a tool to probe and assess the emotional aspects, sexuality, and social relationships of the couple seeking medical care for infertility. Materials and methods: A self-reported questionnaire that we will refer to as SEIq (Sexuality and Emotions in Infertility questionnaire) was constructed and developed and, consequently, administered to 162 heterosexual couples (324 subjects) seeking help for reproductive problems. Hence, we performed a specific statistical analysis to assess and validate this new psychometric tool. Results. About 60% of men and women (both partners in 43% of couples) declare that infertility has changed their life (Q10). Moreover, the incidence of sexual disorder declared by the subjects is quite rare in men (10%) but more frequent in women (29%) (p < 0.01). Conclusion and discussion: The results of this pilot test show that the diagnosis of infertility impacts on the couple relationship affecting the emotional area, interpersonal relationships, and sexual functions of the couples. Moreover, the SEIq appears a valuable tool to coherently probe and relate sexological, psychological, relational, and emotive aspects in partners and couples facing the infertility diagnosis. The explorative factor analysis of SEIq data allows to understand the women, men, and couples’ behavior in our sample, individuating a reduced set of factors, prone to an easier evaluation. On the whole, the psychometric evaluation through SEIq might be suitable for the couples during Assisted Reproductive Technologies treatments.

Cocchiaro, T., Meneghini, C., Dal Lago, A., Fabiani, C., Amodei, M., Miriello, D., et al. (2020). Assessment of sexual and emotional distress in infertile couple: validation of a new specific psychometric tool. JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION, 43(12), 1729-1737 [10.1007/s40618-020-01263-z].

Assessment of sexual and emotional distress in infertile couple: validation of a new specific psychometric tool

Meneghini C.
;
Capone B.;
2020-01-01

Abstract

Background: The diagnosis of infertility strongly impacts on psychological and sexological couple health. In this regard, some feelings and psychological states were demonstrated in association with reproductive problems. Depression and anxiety are the most common psychopathologies associated with infertility, although also sexuality is strongly involved in infertility conditions. Objectives: The aim of this study is to develop a tool to probe and assess the emotional aspects, sexuality, and social relationships of the couple seeking medical care for infertility. Materials and methods: A self-reported questionnaire that we will refer to as SEIq (Sexuality and Emotions in Infertility questionnaire) was constructed and developed and, consequently, administered to 162 heterosexual couples (324 subjects) seeking help for reproductive problems. Hence, we performed a specific statistical analysis to assess and validate this new psychometric tool. Results. About 60% of men and women (both partners in 43% of couples) declare that infertility has changed their life (Q10). Moreover, the incidence of sexual disorder declared by the subjects is quite rare in men (10%) but more frequent in women (29%) (p < 0.01). Conclusion and discussion: The results of this pilot test show that the diagnosis of infertility impacts on the couple relationship affecting the emotional area, interpersonal relationships, and sexual functions of the couples. Moreover, the SEIq appears a valuable tool to coherently probe and relate sexological, psychological, relational, and emotive aspects in partners and couples facing the infertility diagnosis. The explorative factor analysis of SEIq data allows to understand the women, men, and couples’ behavior in our sample, individuating a reduced set of factors, prone to an easier evaluation. On the whole, the psychometric evaluation through SEIq might be suitable for the couples during Assisted Reproductive Technologies treatments.
Cocchiaro, T., Meneghini, C., Dal Lago, A., Fabiani, C., Amodei, M., Miriello, D., et al. (2020). Assessment of sexual and emotional distress in infertile couple: validation of a new specific psychometric tool. JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION, 43(12), 1729-1737 [10.1007/s40618-020-01263-z].
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