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How Different are Men with Infertility-Related Problems from Fertile Men in Prevalence of Depression, Anxiety and Quality of Life?
Background: Infertility has negative effects on the psychological well being of both men and women. There are little studies evaluating the psychological well-being in men suffering from infertility.
Objective: The goal of this study was to define depression, anxiety and health related quality of life in infertile women’s male partners.
Material and methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Women’s Hospital between August 2015 and March 2016. By convenience sampling, 97 men in the infertile group (whose women attended a ward of Women’s Hospital) and 83 in the control group participated in the study. They were asked to fill the valid and reliable Persian version of Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and SF-36 questionnaires.
Results: The anxiety score was significantly higher and the SF-36 scor significantly lower in the infertile group. Regression analysis by considering SF-36 as dependent variable and others as independent variables showed that BAI was an independent predictor of SF-36.
Conclusion: Psychological well-being (depression and anxiety) should be considered in men whose wives attend an infertility clinic. Quality of life assessment is necessary in these men.
Keywords: anxiety, depression, infertility, men