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Relationship and parenthood in IVF couples with twin and singleton pregnancies compared with pontaneous singleton primiparous couples—a prospective 5-year follow-up study
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre of Paediatrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Linköping.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology . Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Fertility and Sterility, ISSN 0015-0282, Vol. 89, no 3, 578-585 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin , 2008. Vol. 89, no 3, 578-585 p.
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Infertility, couples relationship, twins
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-11656DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2007.03.064OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-11656DiVA: diva2:18067
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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/Available from: 2008-04-24 Created: 2008-04-24 Last updated: 2009-08-21

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