A qualitative study of the experiences of Iranian infertile couples after unsuccessful assisted reproductive technologies

Zagami, Samira Ebrahimzadeh, Roudsari, Robab Latifnejad, Janghorban, Roksana, Bazaz, Seyed Mojtaba Mousavi, Amirian, Maliheh and Allan, Helen T. (2019) A qualitative study of the experiences of Iranian infertile couples after unsuccessful assisted reproductive technologies. International Journal of Women’s Health and Reproduction Sciences, 7 (3). pp. 331-338. ISSN 2330-4456 (doi:10.15296/ijwhr.2019.55)

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Abstract

Objectives: Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) give hope to some infertile couples; however, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is expensive and not subsidized by the Iranian state. More than 75% of IVF cycles in Iranian couples are unsuccessful. The aim of this paper is to describe the experiences of Iranian infertile couples after unsuccessful treatment.

Materials and Methods: In this descriptive qualitative study, 36 participants including 29 Iranian infertile couples recruited after unsuccessful ART treatments, five infertility treatment team members and 2 relatives of infertile couples were interviewed at an Infertility Center in Northeastern Iran from April 2016 to June 2017. Data were collected using semi-structured, face-to-face interviews. Data analysis was carried out following Sandelowski.

Results: Iranian infertile couples’ experiences following failed ART cycles are described. The findings presented here show that Iranian infertile couples experience stressors during treatment cycles and systemic challenges which may be unique to the Iranian cultural context.
Conclusions: Iranian infertile couples face particular challenges related to the cultural context in which ARTs are delivered. Further exploration of the effects of culture on the experiences of failed ARTs needs to be considered by infertility clinics in Iran

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 26839
Notes on copyright: © 2019 The Author (s); This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Depositing User: Helen Allan
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2019 15:01
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 04:47
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26839

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