Psychological perspectives on IVF treatment

Cora de Klerk, Nick Macklon

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    Despite the relatively low chance of achieving a pregnancy in one IVF cycle, many women embarking on treatment have unrealistic expectations about treatment success. This is what Kalbian calls the “hope narrative”[1]: The childless woman strongly believes that the fertility physicians are able to help her achieve a successful pregnancy but that she should completely surrender her body to her physician to achieve this goal. Indeed, many women report that they feel a lack of control during fertility treatment. Women undergoing fertility treatment feel they have little choice but to succumb to the invasive investigations and procedures the doctors prescribe. A very private aspect of their lives, namely reproduction, becomes medicalized. As a result of this process, feelings of depersonalization may emerge. Even after successful treatment, many women retrospectively describe fertility treatment as being physically and emotionally painful, while some women even reported feeling “hurt” or “damaged” [2].

    TitelHow to Improve your ART Success Rates
    UndertitelAn Evidence-Based Review of Adjuncts to IVF
    ForlagCambridge University Press
    Antal sider5
    ISBN (Elektronisk)9780511894756
    ISBN (Trykt)9781107648326
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2011


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