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Depression among infertile women: A sample from Baghdad city 2017

Waqar A. Al-Kubaisy; Sawsan Ghazi Jassim; Mazin Gh. AlRubaey; Rwaida Abbas Ghaeb

The extent of depression and its risk factors among infertile women may vary across different populations. This study was design to examine the prevalence and the level of depression among infertile women in a sample from Baghdad city, Iraq. Therefore a cross-sectional study was conducted including 450 infertile women who attended the infertility and in vitro fertilization unit in four major infertility centers in Baghdad city. They were interviewed using a structured questionnaire; Depression was assessed by clinically useful depression outcome scale DSM-IV. This study found that the prevalence of depression among infertile women was 80%, including 46.2% less depression, 31.1% mild depression, 2.7% moderate depression. It was highly significantly related to duration of infertility treatment, age of infertile women, women educational level and threat of husband of another marriage. We Concluded that the rate of depression among infertile women in Baghdad was high (80%). So the infertile women need psychological assessment and intervention as part of their medical treatment process.

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