This study aimed to assess the rate and level of depression, anxiety, and stress among people with infertility and the association between psychological disorders and sexual dysfunction. In this cross-sectional study, we investigated 255 couples with infertility undergoing examination at a university hospital between January and December 2017. The assessment tools included the Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale-21, Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI), Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool (PEDT), and International Index of Erectile Function-15 (IIEF-15). The rates and mean scores of depression, anxiety, and stress among wives were statistically significantly higher than among husbands. Additionally, there was a slight negative correlation between all these scores and FSFI score among wives. Similarly, these scores among husbands were slightly negatively correlated with IIEF-15 score and positively correlated with PEDT score. Development of a holistic approach to infertility management is necessary and psychological issues should be addressed together with sexual problems.
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Ho, T.T.T., Le, M.T., Truong, Q.V. et al. Psychological Burden in Couples with Infertility and Its Association with Sexual Dysfunction. Sex Disabil (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11195-019-09612-4
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