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J Assist Reprod Genet. Nov 2000; 17(10): 553–556.
PMCID: PMC3455452
A Comparison of Psychological Functioning in Women at Different Stages of In Vitro Fertilization Treatment Using the Mean Affect Adjective Check List
P. Yong,1 C. Martin,2 and J. Thong1
1Assisted Conception Unit, Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 9EF United Kingdom
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Simpson Memorial Maternity Pavilion, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 9EF United Kingdom
Abstract
Purpose: The objectives were to identify the stage/s of IVF treatment where a woman is most vulnerable to psychological stress, and to assess the Mean Affect Adjective Check List (MAACL) as a measure of psychological functioning during IVF treatment, which has hitherto not been reported.
Methods: Thirty-seven women undergoing IVF treatment according to the long protocol of controlled ovarian stimulation completed the MAACL questionnaire at the following stages: (a) before treatment (visit 1), (b) before embryo transfer (visit 2), and (c) before pregnancy test (visit 3).
Results: Apart from anxiety scores for visit 2, the hostility, depression, and state anxiety scores for visit 3 were higher than the corresponding scores for visits 1 and 2 (P < 0.001). Anxiety scores for visits 2 and 3 were similar.
Conclusions: Psychological counseling should be targeted at women after embryo transfer and leading up to the pregnancy test. The MAACL is a useful method for measuring psychological stress in women during IVF treatment.
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