A qualitative study of the factors that help the coping of infertile women

Nurs Open. 2022 Jan;9(1):299-308. doi: 10.1002/nop2.1062. Epub 2021 Sep 28.


Aim: The study describes the factors that help the coping of infertile women.

Design: A qualitative study.

Methods: Purposive sampling was used in gathering the data from the Finnish Infertility Associations closed discussion forum on Facebook. An electronic questionnaire included structured background questions and a qualitative open-ended question related to the factors that help coping. In total, 101 women participated voluntarily in the study. The participants had at least a 1-year personal experience of infertility. The data was analysed using inductive content analysis.

Results: The factors that helped the coping of infertile women were personal resources such as mental well-being and having good abilities to deal with the issue. Also, a well-functioning relationship and getting help contributed to coping. Coping was also positively influenced by the ability to adapt to a childless life, which included having comforting thoughts, doing things that brought relief and orientating thinking towards the future.

Keywords: coping; infertility; qualitative research; women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Female* / psychology
  • Qualitative Research
  • Surveys and Questionnaires