Oro och nedstämdhet hos heterosexuella par som genomgår behandling med ägg- eller spermiedonation

by Glad, Mathias; Asplund, Helene

Abstract (Summary)
Every year children all over the world are born as a result of gamete donation. In Sweden oocyte donation has been legally used since 2003 and sperm donation has been regulated in law since 1984. The aim of this study was to investigate the extent of anxiety and depression in couples going through treatments with oocyte- or sperm donation. Participants of the study were men and women who received treatment with oocyte- and sperm donation at one of the seven fertility centers in Sweden. A total of 348 men and women answered two questioners, the first one at the beginning of the treatment and the second one around 10 weeks after the end of the treatment. The drop-out rate was 16 percent. Data collection was made with the HADS – Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale. When the data had been statistically processed the results showed following significant differences: 1.The women reported a higher degree of anxiety than the men before as well as after the treatment and a higher degree of depression after the treatment. 2. The extent of depression was higher among those women and men who didn´t become pregnant compared to those who did. 3. The women who didn´t become pregnant were more anxious after failed treatment than the women who became pregnant. The conclusion is that women who receive treatment with oocyte- or sperm donation are more anxious and depressed than their partners. The feelings are temporary and seem to decrease when the treatment results in pregnancy.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Gävle

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:ivf donation hads depression anxiety


Date of Publication:10/10/2008

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