Suicidal risk among infertile women undergoing in-vitro fertilization: Incidence and risk factors

Chen Shani, Stukalina Yelena, Ben Kimhy Reut, Shulman Adrian, Hamdan Sami

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Abstract

Despite the fact that depression and other emotional distress are well documented in infertile women, little is known about the relationship between infertility and suicidal risk. The aim of this cross sectional study was to examine the rate of suicide risk (suicidal ideation/suicidal attempts) among 106 infertile women visiting Infertility and In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Hospital Unit, and to identify the demographic, medical and clinical correlates to suicidal risk. The incidence of suicide risk was 9.4%. Suicidal women were more likely to be childless or had fewer children and experienced higher levels of depressive symptoms. In addition, they reported more frequently on denial, social withdrawal and self-blame coping strategies compared to participants without suicidal risk. A multiple logistic regression model revealed that being childless, using non-positive reappraisal and exhibiting depressive symptoms were significant predictors of suicide risk in the future. These results suggest that routine assessment of suicidal risk and depression should be provided for infertile women in the course of IVF. Furthermore, future interventions should focus on helping them acquire different emotions regulation strategies and provide alternative skills for positive coping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume240
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Depression
  • IVF
  • Infertility
  • Suicide risk

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