INTRODUCTION: Infertility can cause many psychological problems in many women with numerous different ways. We aim to evaluate social support and family relation among women who takes treatment of infertility and who have depression, anxiety and guiltiness, shyness and infertility problems inventory
METHODS: 71 women who have applied to department of obstetrics and gynaecology have been included in that study. Control group consist of 71 women between 18-45 ages, who were volunteer and had never taken treatment of infertility and also they had child. Various tests were applied to these women such as Hamilton Depression Test (HAM-D), Hamilton Anxiety Test (HAM-A), Shyness-Guiltiness Test, Multi-Dimensional Perceived Social Support Scale (ÇBASDÖ) and Family Support Test.
RESULTS: According to analysis there was not difference between infertile group and control group of depression rate (infertile group %14.1 control group %9.9, p.0.438);but there was a significant difference between infertile and control groups for anxiety levels (infertile group 10.2-42, control group 7.0-34 p<0.001), shyness-guiltiness (infertile group in 101 control group 69, p<0.001), perceived social support (infertile group 55 control group 52, p<0.001), fertility problems (infertile group 170, control group 135 p<0.001).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: In our study, we determined that anxiety, shyness and guiltiness were very high in infertile people and on the other hand family support was low. Our findings showed that infertile patients need psychological support from the time of diagnosis and during the treatment. For this reason, it can be said that it is usefull to set a good connection between infertile polyclinic and psychiatry polyclinic.