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Rachel Gurevich

Anxiety and Depression Increase After Failed IVF

By July 2, 2012

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While worry and stress don't cause IVF failure, IVF failure does increase stress. More specifically, anxiety and depression. A new study found that while 57% of women experienced anxiety before IVF, after IVF failure that number rose to 60%. For depression rates, before IVF treatment 26% of experienced depression, while after treatment failure 44% were depressed.

This isn't really surprising (though the depression rate increase is a big one). However, most of the research on depression and anxiety in fertility has focused on whether they can cause infertility or lead to treatment failure. Few studies have even looked at the outcomes of treatment failure. Studies like these will hopefully raise awareness at fertility clinics, and encourage them to provide follow-up services for those who don't conceive.

One other important note, however: conceiving doesn't mean you won't experience depression. Unfortunately, women who have experienced infertility are more at risk for prenantal depression and postpartum depression.

If you're feeling blue and thinking that you shouldn't seek help - assured that getting pregnant will cure your blues - please reconsider. Pregnancy may not "cure" your depression, and you deserve to feel better sooner than later.

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