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Infertile Men Encounter High Stress

A new medical study suggests that men with male factor infertility (MFI) may experience greater emotional and social distress, and lower levels of marital functioning than men in infertile couples without MFI.

Investigators used self-report questionnaires and interviews to evaluate infertile couples’ experiences at baseline and various follow-up points in time.

The Marital Disagreement Index; Life Impact, Perceived Stress, Partner Satisfaction, Sexual Satisfaction, and Sexual Function scores; and Family Understanding, Family and Friend Impact scales were used to evaluate marital and interpersonal function.

Twenty-five percent of respondents reported high levels of relationship stress, and 15 percent reported serious issues with their marriage.

17 percent pointed to infertility treatment as a source of significant stress, and 1 percent reported marital infidelity.

This study used validated measures of psychosocial function and revealed that men in infertile couples experience significant psychosocial stress.

However, this study did not identify major differences in psychosocial or marital functioning between men with and without a male factor diagnosis.

Source: UroToday

Infertile Men Encounter High Stress

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Infertile Men Encounter High Stress. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 19, 2019, from
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