Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/28846
Title: Gender differences in experiences with and adjustments to infertility: A literature review
Authors: Ying, LY
Wu, LH 
Loke, AY 
Keywords: Coping
Couple
Gender difference
Infertility
Stressors
Support
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: International journal of nursing studies, 2015 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of nursing studies 
Abstract: Background: It has been widely recognized that infertility and its treatment affects a couple as a dyad. Given biomedical differences and differences in socialization processes and gender-role expectations, it is reasonable to suspect that females and males may experience and respond to infertility in different ways. Objective: To explore gender differences among infertile couples with regard to experiences with and adjustments to infertility. Design: A literature review. Data sources: A literature search was performed using the following databases: PubMed, CINAHL, PsycInfo, Web of Science, Scopus, and the China Academic Journal Full-text Database. Review methods: The studies that were included were those published in English or Chinese from the years 2000 to 2014. The references of all of the studies selected for this review were also searched. An author search was also performed to retrieve relevant articles. Experiences with and adjustments to infertility were explored from the perspective of gender. Results: A total of 33 studies were included in this review. The experiences with infertility can be grouped under the five domains of the biopsychosocial theory, namely: existential stressors, physical stressors, emotional stressors, interpersonal stressors, and the moderators of stress. In general, females had more negative experiences with infertility than men in most of the domains, including lower levels of identity, self-esteem, and physical health; and higher levels of depression, stress, anxiety, stigma, and shame. Infertile couples experienced stress in their married life, although there were no gender differences in the areas of marital adjustment, marital satisfaction, and sexual satisfaction. Females were likely to perceive themselves as being less confident than their partners in coping with infertility. For both men and women, partner support was found to be negatively related to stress due to infertility. Conclusions: This review revealed that while there were gender differences in the experience with infertility in many realms, both men and women were subject to a stressful married life. Partner support was an important element of coping with infertility. Therefore, a supportive intervention, focusing on enhancing a sense of partnership among infertile couples is a way of helping them to cope.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/28846
ISSN: 0020-7489
EISSN: 1873-491X
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.05.004
Appears in Collections:Journal/Magazine Article

Access
View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record

SCOPUSTM   
Citations

5
Last Week
0
Last month
0
Citations as of Oct 19, 2017

WEB OF SCIENCETM
Citations

10
Last Week
0
Last month
0
Citations as of Oct 16, 2017

Page view(s)

59
Last Week
7
Last month
Checked on Oct 22, 2017

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric



Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.