Clinical determinants of mental disorders occurring during the infertility treatment.
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III Klinika Psychiatryczna IPiN w Warszawie
Justyna Holka-Pokorska   

Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii, Sobieskiego, 9, 02-957 Warszawa, Polska
Submission date: 2014-03-17
Final revision date: 2014-11-30
Acceptance date: 2014-12-29
Publication date: 2015-10-31
Psychiatr Pol 2015;49(5):965–982
Today, infertility is an increasingly common medical and social problem. Treatment of infertility has been revolutionised by the introduction and continuous improvement of assisted reproductive technology (ART). In most countries an increase in the frequency of performing of such procedures is observed. Infertility, mental disorders and infertility treatment are related in a very complex way. Most research indicates that the presence of psychiatric disorders (including depressive disorders which is the most common among them) in patients treated for infertility, can affect the efficacy of gynaecological therapy. According to other studies an ineffective treatment for infertility could be an independent risk factor for the development of psychiatric disorders (particularly psychotic disorders and addiction ). Despite the increasing prevalence of assisted reproduction technologies (ART), there are no uniform standards for psychological and psychiatric procedures in the case of mental health complications of the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. The aim of this paper was the analysis of the studies concerning the mental health aspects in the course of the infertility treatment. The studies were analysed in terms of their relevance to clinical practice in the field of psychiatric and psychological support for patients treated for infertility.