Purpose This study aimed at assessing quality of life (QoL) by means of a validated measurement tool (FertiQoL) in Ger- man infertile patients before a first IVF/ICSI cycle with ancillary assessment of changes in FertiQoL scores after a failed first cycle and the predictive capacity of FertiQoL scores for treatment discontinuation. Methods The validated FertiQoL tool consisting of 24 questions regarding fertility-specific aspects of QoL was used for this prospective cohort study conducted at a university affiliated IVF center in Germany. Female patients ( n = 119) filled out the FertiQoL form and questionnaire on sociodemographic variables on initiation of a first- and second-cycle IVF/ICSI treatment, respectively. Results On initiation of a first IVF/ICSI cycle, the mean scores (± standard deviation) for subscales emotional, mind–body, relational, and social items were 62 (± 19), 75 (± 17), 82 (± 13), and 78 (± 14), respectively; the total FertiQoL score was 73 (± 12). The mean total FertiQoL score at initiation of a first treatment cycle did not differ between patients who continued vs. discontinued treatment in case of no pregnancy achievement in the r fi st cycle (73) (± 10) vs. 74 (± 14), p = 0.46). Furthermore, the mean
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 4, 2018
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