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.