Emotional Distress Caused by the Measures Taken in Assisted Reproductive Treatments during the COVID-19 Confinement in Spain.

Publication date: Nov 13, 2023

During the pandemic, assisted reproductive treatments suffered from major disruptions in their terms due to the restrictions imposed. The objective of this study is to evaluate the level of anxiety of women whose treatments were either suspended or delayed. Descriptive cross-sectional study conducted between April and May 2020. The State-Trait Anxiety Inventory was applied by telephone in a Spanish adapted version. The research also included social, personal, and work aspects which may be involved in the challenging situation. A total of 115 patients participated in the study (73. 7%). Women showed a mean in trait anxiety of 17. 79 (SD = 8. 80) and a mean in state anxiety of 19. 95 (SD = 9. 08). Neither the type of treatment nor the time of infertility were predictors of trait anxiety or state anxiety. Greater age pressure and more worry were associated to greater trait and state anxiety (p < 0. 001). The most common emotional reactions to discontinuation of fertility treatments were sadness and anxiety. Discontinuation of fertility treatments due to confinement restrictions had a negative impact on the mental health of women who were following a process of assisted reproduction treatment, increasing their levels of emotional distress and anxiety.

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Concepts Keywords
April anxiety
Covid confinement
Pandemic COVID-19
Telephone fertility
Women infertility


Type Source Name
disease MESH Emotional Distress
disease MESH COVID-19
disease VO time
disease MESH infertility
disease IDO process
pathway REACTOME Reproduction
drug DRUGBANK Coenzyme M
disease MESH emergency
drug DRUGBANK Tretamine
disease VO population
disease VO injection
drug DRUGBANK Gonadorelin
disease VO frequency
disease MESH Loneliness
drug DRUGBANK Trestolone
drug DRUGBANK Naproxen
disease IDO country
disease MESH mental disorders
disease MESH Psychological stress
disease VO USA
drug DRUGBANK (S)-Des-Me-Ampa
disease MESH lifestyle

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