Quality of Life and Its Influencing Factors of Couples
Referred to An Infertility Center in Shiraz, Iran
Infertility adversely affects quality of life (QoL). The present study aims to evaluate QoL and its associ- ated factors among infertile couples.
Materials and Methods
In this cross-sectional study, the Fertility QoL (FertiQoL) instrument was used to measure QoL among 501 volunteer couples who attended the Infertility Clinic at the Mother and Child Hospital, Shiraz, Iran. We used an additional questionnaire to assess participants’ demographic and clinical characteristics. The relationship between the scores of QoL to the sociodemographic and treatment data was analysed.
The subjects with lower income levels had lower relational, mind/body, emotional, and total core scores. Fe-
male participants without academic education had lower scores in the emotional subscale, while the male participants
showed lower scores in emotional, mind/body, relational, social, and total QoL domains. Subjects who had undergone
any type of treatment, including pharmacological treatment, intrauterine insemination (IUI), intra-cytoplasmic sperm
injection (ICSI), and
Infertile couples with shorter duration of infertility and male etiology have higher QoL. Lower academic education, lower income levels, or prior unsuccessful treatments are associated with lower QoL.