Quality of Life and Its Influencing Factors of Couples Referred to An Infertility Center in Shiraz, Iran

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1 Infertility Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran;Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Shiraz School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Student Research Center, Infertility Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 4Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Infertility Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

4 5MPH Department, Shiraz Medical School, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran


Infertility adversely affects quality of life (QoL). The present study aims to evaluate QoL and its associ- ated factors among infertile couples.
Materials and Methods
In this cross-sectional study, the Fertility QoL (FertiQoL) instrument was used to measure QoL among 501 volunteer couples who attended the Infertility Clinic at the Mother and Child Hospital, Shiraz, Iran. We used an additional questionnaire to assess participants’ demographic and clinical characteristics. The relationship between the scores of QoL to the sociodemographic and treatment data was analysed.
The subjects with lower income levels had lower relational, mind/body, emotional, and total core scores. Fe- male participants without academic education had lower scores in the emotional subscale, while the male participants showed lower scores in emotional, mind/body, relational, social, and total QoL domains. Subjects who had undergone any type of treatment, including pharmacological treatment, intrauterine insemination (IUI), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and in vitro fertilization (IVF) showed significantly lower scores in the environmental domain. Par- ticipants with lower infertility duration obtained significantly greater QoL scores. Finally, tolerability, emotional, and environmental domains were significantly more desirable when the infertility problem was related to a male factor.
Infertile couples with shorter duration of infertility and male etiology have higher QoL. Lower academic education, lower income levels, or prior unsuccessful treatments are associated with lower QoL.

In this article which was published in Int J Fertil Steril, Vol 11, No 4, Jan-Mar 2018, on pages 293-297, the “Duration of tducation (male)” was misspelled in Table 1. The corrected one is “Duration of education (male)”.

Educational and fertility characteristics of the participants

Variablen (%)

Cause of infertility  
  Male 147 (29.5)
  Female 132 (26.5)
  Both 45 (9.0)
  Unexplained 130 (26.1)
Duration of infertility  
  302 (60.6)
  5-10 Y 101 (20.3)
  >10 Y 63 (12.7)
Duration of education (male)  
  89 (18.5)
  9-11 Y 221 (46.0)
  >11 Y 170 (35.4)
Duration of education (female)  
  67 (13.9)
  9-11 Y 217 (45.2)
  >11 Y 196 (40.8)

In the sentence “These differences might be related to the use of a fertility-specific instrument (FertiQoL) in the study by Huppelschoten et al. (23) and the current study compared to the general QoL assessment instrument by Chachamovich et al. (24) and Rashidi et al. (15).” Which was at the page of 296 in the discussion section, the word “generic” was corrected in to “general”.