Comparison of Quality of life in Fertile and Infertile Women Referred to the Public Clinics in Mashhad

Document Type : Original Article


1 M.Sc. of Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

2 Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

3 Associate Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical sciences, Mashhad, Iran.


Introduction: Fertility is considered as one of the most important family functions. Thus, infertility may cause important emotional disorders, and social and mental consequences including reduction of satisfaction and quality of life. Aim of this study is to compare the quality of life in fertile and infertile women referring to public clinics in Mashhad city. Methods: In this cross-sectional analytical study, one hundred fertile women attending Health Centers, and one hundred infertile women attending Montaserieh Infertility Center were randomly selected. Women aged 22 to 45 years, and were their husband’s only wives. All the participants used the same contraception method. The subjects completed the General Health Questionnaires (GHQ28) and World Health Organization’s quality of life questionnaire - BREF (WHOQOL-BREF). Data were analyzed via X2, Mann-Whitney test, and SPSS software version 14. Certainty coefficient was 95% and p< 0.05was considered significant.
Results: The two groups had no statistically significant differences in demographic features, other interfering variables, and general health . The infertile women expressed more marital satisfaction (p=0.014). The two groups had no statistically significant differences in none of quality of life fields such as physical (p= 0/46), mental (p= 0/86), social (p=0/53), circumstantial (p=0/18), and general (p=0/94).
Conclusion: In present study, there were no significant differences in quality of life between two groups, and the scores acquired by both groups were in medium level. It seems that more research needs to be established on this issue to improve the quality of life particularly in women as the family and society foundation.


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