Psychology and Personality Types of Infertile and Fertile Women


Abstract Objective(s): To determine the prevalence and predisposing factors of psychology & personality types among infertile and fertile women attending in Complex Imam Khomeini Hospital.Methodology: A total of 150 infertile women from Vali-Asr Reproduction Health Research Center and 150 fertile women from the Gynecology Clinic of Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran / Iran were chosen by simple randomization. Data was obtained by using Eysenck personality (EPQ) and structured researcher questionnaires.Results: showed that based on Eysenck personality questionnaire (EPQ), personality instability was more common among infertile women than fertile women; this relationship was statistically significant (P<0.001). Housewives were at higher risk of developing psychological disorders and personality instability as compared to occupied women. These findings were also statistically significant (P<0.001). Recommendations: Considering the high prevalence of psychological disorders and personality problems among infertile women, it seems that more serious attention is required from gynecologists, psychiatrists and psychologists for treatment of these disorders. The use of psychotherapy, especially supportive methods, should be considered as part of the general therapeutic framework of infertility.