Psychological Symptoms in Infertile People Referred to Babol Infertility Center


F Khirkhah 1 , S Esmaeilzadeh , , E Mohammadi 1 , I Hoseinpor 1 , E Jahanian 1

1 Department of Psychiatry and Gynecology, Fatemeh Infertility Center, Iran

How to Cite: Khirkhah F, Esmaeilzadeh S, Mohammadi E, Hoseinpor I, Jahanian E. Psychological Symptoms in Infertile People Referred to Babol Infertility Center , Iran Red Crescent Med J. Online ahead of Print ; 8(2):51-56.


Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal: 8 (2); 51-56
Article Type: Research Article


Background: Studies showed that, infertility is known as a stressful incident and infertile men and women are exposed to many stresses. Thus, physicians who treat these couples should be aware of the effects of these stresses to use appropriate therapeutic procedures to reduce the stresses of the infertile couples during the treatment.

            Patients and Methods: This is a descriptive-analytic and cross-sectional study. The study has been done by means of a demographic questionnaire and SCL-90-R test on 452 intertile people who referred to Fatemeh-Zahra Infertility Center in Babol from March 2001 to November 2003.

            Results: According to this study 213 people (47.1%) showed the symptoms of the psychiatric disorders, among which 66.2% and 33.8% were women and men, respectively.

            Most of the symptoms were due to the paranoid thoughts (44.4%) and interpersonal sensitivity (38%), while the least of them were related to the psychosis (18.14%) and phobia (17.04%). The most prevalent was between 20 to 26 years.

            Most patients has education lower than diploma (60.1%), also their infertility has lasted for about 4-6 years. Most of them were housewife women and men with optional jobs and living in the city.

            Conclusion: According to the presence of high percentage of the psychiatric disorders symptoms among the infertile coupes, specially the more number of the women being affected by this problem, more attention and psychological supports are required besides the other therapeutic managements. 

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