A Study of Couple Burnout in Infertile Couples

Glob J Health Sci. 2015 Aug 6;8(4):158-65. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v8n4p158.


Introduction: Infertility is a major crisis that can cause psychological problems and emotionally distressing experiences, and eventually affect a couples' relationship. The objective of this study is to investigate couple burnout in infertile couples who were undergoing treatmentat the Infertility Clinic of Yazd, Iran.

Method: The present study is a cross-sectional descriptive one on 98 infertile couples referringto the Infertility Centerof Yazd, Iran, who were chosen on a simple random sampling basis. The measuring tools consisted of the Couple Burnout Measure (CBM) and a demographic questionnaire. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS 16 and the statistical tests of ANOVA and t-test.P-values less than 0.05 were considered as significant.

Results: The results show that infertile women experience higher levels of couple burnout than their husbands (p<0.001). Also, a comparison of the scales of couple burnout--psychological burnout (p<0.01), somatic burnout (p<0.01), and emotional burnout (p<0.001)--between wives and husbands show that women are at greater risk.

Conclusion: Infertile couples' emotional, mental, and sexual problems need to be addressed as part of the infertility treatment programs, and psychotherapists should be included in the medical team.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Female / psychology*
  • Male
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Women / psychology*