Psychosocial aspects of infertile couples
Louise Brown was born thirty years ago as the worlds first
"test-tube"-baby.Numerous speculations and concerns
were linked to this event, some of them related to psychosocial
aspects of infertility and of assisted reproduction.
The last few years have brought huge advances in the
understanding of psychosocial aspects of infertility.This
review begins with a presentation of the important demographic
and medical preconditions involved.This is followed
by an overview of psychosocial features typical for
infertile couples and a discussion of the connections between
distress and infertility.The psychological effects of
reproductive medical treatment are described, and the
long-term impact of involuntary childlessness is outlined.
The basic principles, aims and effects of counselling and
psychotherapy with infertile couples are set out in detail,
together with urgent requirements for future research in
this area after thirty years of in vitro fertilisation.
Zentrum für Psychosoziale Medizin, Institut für Medizinische
Psychologie, Universitätsklinikum Heidelberg
Reviewer: Heribert Kentenich, Berlin
und Petra Thorn,Mörfelden
Wischmann T. Psychologische... Gynakol Geburtsmed Gynakol Endokrinol 2008; 4(3): 194-209 publiziert 30.11.08 www.akademos.de/gyn ©akademos Wissenschaftsverlag 2008 ISSN 1614-8533