The aim of this study was to evaluate the hypothesis that infertility may result in a decrease in quality of life (QOL).
Materials and methods
In this case control study that carried out on 150 women with infertility and 150 women undergone TL as the control group. The participants were asked to fill out the Short Form Health Survey (SF-12) questionnaire, a generic instrument to measure health-related QOL (HRQOL). SF-12 consists of 12 items in the physical and mental domains. The analysis was performed by using SPSS 20.
The mean total score of SF-12 was significantly lower in infertile couples compared to non-infertile couples (65.59 ± 9.60 vs. 69.98 ± 10.80; P<0.0001). The physical and mental components (PCS-12 and MCS-12) mean scores were significantly lower in the infertile couples as compared to the non- infertile couples (PCS-12: 61.14 ± 11.57 vs. 72.97 ± 13.30; MCS-12: 66.84 ± 12.82 vs. 63.00 ± 12.95, respectively), (P<0.0001).
Our findings revealed the adverse effects of infertility on the QOL of women. It is recommended that the awareness and knowledge of healthcare professionals regarding the QOL in women with infertility should be increased.