In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Sexual Problems
2013 Membership Renewal
In vitro fertilization (IVF) can lead to a number of sexual problems for women, including lower sexual desire, interest, and satisfaction.
Women undergoing IVF may also be more likely to have problems with lubrication, vaginal pain, and orgasm.
The research was conducted by Nicole Smith, a doctoral student with the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington, and Jody Lyneé Madeira, associate professor in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Smith and Madeira presented their findings last fall at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in San Francisco.
For this study, the researchers collected questionnaires from 270 women and interviewed 127 men and women who were trying to conceive through IVF. They also interviewed 70 professionals who work with IVF patients.
Their results may help healthcare providers consider sexual issues when treating IVF patients and suggest resources for couples who may be having problems with intimacy.
“There’s just a dearth of knowledge on how infertility affects sexual behavior,” Madeira said in a press release. “The focus is more likely to be on the social and support dimensions of the relationship, but sex is a big part of that. Just letting patients know they aren’t alone in this would be helpful.”
Because they have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal, the study results are considered preliminary.
Please click here to learn more about this study.
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