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Pre-birth characteristics and 5-year follow-up of women with cryopreserved embryos after successful in vitro fertilisation treatment

Stiel, Mareike, Mcmahon, Catherine Anne, Elwyn, Glyn and Boivin, Jacky 2010. Pre-birth characteristics and 5-year follow-up of women with cryopreserved embryos after successful in vitro fertilisation treatment. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology 31 (1) , pp. 32-39. 10.3109/01674820903537081

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Abstract

Many patients do not make a decision about the disposition of their surplus embryos until they are compelled to do so by statutory limits. In the current study, the characteristics of women who had conceived through in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and who still had embryos stored (E-S; n = 26) 5 years after IVF were compared to a cohort comparison group (C-C; n = 40). At time 1 (T1, 28 weeks pregnant) women completed questionnaires on personality traits (anxiety, locus of control and dependency) and participated in an interview on socio-demographic characteristics, family composition and stored embryos. At T2 (5 years later) women were re-interviewed and asked about beliefs about the embryos. Women in the E-S group were significantly younger, had been married or living with their partner for fewer years and had had more children than the C-C group. Further, women in the E-S group were more likely to have an external locus of control and a dependent personality than women in the C-C group. Almost all women in the E-S group (88.5%) thought of their embryos as siblings to existing children, and reported thinking about the embryos occasionally (61.5%) or frequently (34.6%). The personality differences identified may suggest that women who still have embryos after the end of fertility treatment may be in need of decision support.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Surplus embryos, embryo disposition, patient characteristics, long-term effects of ART, decision making
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 0167-482X
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2018 21:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/11474

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