Symptoms of anxiety and depression in lesbian couples treated with donated sperm: a descriptive study
2013 (English)In: British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, ISSN 1470-0328, E-ISSN 1471-0528, Vol. 120, no 7, 839-846 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To investigate symptoms of anxiety and depression in lesbian couples undergoing assisted reproductive treatment (ART), and to study the relationship of demographic data, pregnancy outcome and future reproductive plans with symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Descriptive, a part of the prospective longitudinal ‘Swedish study on gamete donation’.
All university clinics in Sweden performing gamete donation.
A consecutive sample of 214 lesbian couples requesting assisted reproduction, 165 of whom participated.
Participants individually completed three study-specific questionnaires and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS): time point 1 (T1), at commencement of ART; time point 2 (T2), approximately 2 months after treatment; and time point 3 (T3), 2–5 years after first treatment.
Main outcome measures
Anxiety and depression (HADS), pregnancy outcome and future reproductive plans.
The vast majority of lesbian women undergoing assisted reproduction reported no symptoms of anxiety and depression at the three assessment points. A higher percentage of the treated women, compared with the partners, reported symptoms of anxiety at T2 (14% versus 5%, P = 0.011) and T3 (10% versus 4%, P = 0.018), as well as symptoms of depression at T2 (4% versus 0%, P = 0.03) and T3 (3% versus 0%, P = 0.035). The overall pregnancy outcome was high; almost three-quarters of lesbian couples gave birth 2–5 years after sperm donation treatments. Open-ended comments illustrated joy and satisfaction about family building.
Lesbian women in Sweden reported good psychological health before and after treatment with donated sperm.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. Vol. 120, no 7, 839-846 p.
Anxiety and depression, assisted reproduction, lesbian
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-94320DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.12214ISI: 000318795500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-94320DiVA: diva2:631997
Funding Agencies|Merck Serono||Uppsala/Orebro Regional Research Council||Medical Research Council of Southeast Sweden||Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation||2013-06-242013-06-242013-06-26