Relationship and parenthood in IVF couples with twin and singleton pregnancies compared with pontaneous singleton primiparous couples—a prospective 5-year follow-up study
2008 (English)In: Fertility and Sterility, ISSN 0015-0282, Vol. 89, no 3, 578-585 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To analyze relationship and parenthood in IVF twin couples, IVF singleton couples, and spontaneously pregnant primiparous couples.
Setting: Southeast region of Sweden.
Design: Prospective case-control study.
Patient(s): In total, 24 women and men who became pregnant with twins, consecutively, and expected their first child in 1997–98 were studied. A control IVF group of 94 singleton primiparous IVF couples were used. A group of spontaneous primiparous pregnant women were selected out of the total pregnant population as a control group.
Main Outcome Measure(s): Relationship and parenthood measured by questionnaires and interviews.
Result(s): The IVF singleton couples were most stable in their relationship during the whole study period, and the IVF twin parents also seemed more stable and satisfied compared with the control group of spontaneous conception couples. In the control group, 88% had a second child during the study period. In the singleton IVF group the corresponding number was 9%, and none of the twin parents had another child during the study period.
Conclusion(s): We conclude that the stresses associated with IVF treatment and becoming first-time parents of twins did not have a negative impact on the couples' appreciation of their relationship and parenthood as stated by both men and women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin , 2008. Vol. 89, no 3, 578-585 p.
Infertility, couples relationship, twins
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-11656DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2007.03.064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-11656DiVA: diva2:18067
Original publication: Gunilla Sydsjö, Marie Wadsby, Adam Sydsjö and Katarina Ekholm Selling, Relationship and parenthood in IVF couples with twin and singleton pregnancies compared with pontaneous singleton primiparous couples—a prospective 5-year follow-up study, 2008, Fertility and Sterility, (89), 3, 578-585. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2007.03.064. Copyright: Elsevier B.V., http://www.elsevier.com/2008-04-242008-04-242009-08-21