Women’s Lived Experiences of Female Infertility

Document Type : Original Article


1 Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.

2 Ph.D. Student of Reproductive Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Nursing, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran.


Introduction: Approximately 15% of all couples in the reproductive ages are infertile. The ability to reproduce and give birth to a child is an inherent part of life for most human beings and it is important from social and psychological aspects. So, one of the goals of marriage is fertility and reproduction. Thus the diagnosis of infertility causes severe anxiety in the individual. The purpose of this study was to explore women’s experience of female infertility.
Method: Descriptive phenomenological method was used to determine these experiences. The data was collected by deep interviewing of 14 interfile women. Data analysis was done according to Colaizzi’s steps.
Results: We obtained four general concepts: 1- Personal anxiety. 2- Challenge with interpersonal communications. 3- Effects of beliefs and religion. 4- Problems associated with treatment process.
Conclusion: It seems that all aspects of infertile women’s lives are affected by infertility. Thus, designing and accomplishment of consultive and supportive programs play very important roles for giving better cares to infertile women.



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