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Psychosocial Implications of Recurrent Implantation Failure

  • Andrea Mechanick Braverman
  • Keren Sofer
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Abstract

Infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss after infertility are increasingly recognized as experiences encompassing not only medical but also emotional, cognitive, economic, spiritual, and social realms for patients. Keeping pace with developments in reproductive medicine, psychological research regarding infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss has focused on the associated psychosocial factors and the impact of these factors on treatment and outcomes. This review of the psychological research reveals that the impact of the psychosocial functioning and mental health of infertility patients during all phases of treatment is far-reaching, influencing treatment initiation, dropout rates, treatment compliance, and the pursuit of psychological services and other interventions such as psychotropic medication. Knowledge of these psychosocial factors, along with the provision of psychological screenings and interventions, has the potential to positively impact outcomes for infertility patients, including those experiencing repeated implantation failure or pregnancy loss.

Keywords

Infertility Psychosocial factors Psychosocial functioning Mental health Implantation failure Pregnancy loss 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Independent PracticePhiladelphiaUSA

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