Recommended reading

Recommended reading
  • • Aarts, J. W. M., van Empel, I. W. H., Boivin, J., Nelen, W. L., Kremer, J. A. M., & Verhaak, C. M. (2012). Relationship between quality of life and distress in infertility: A validation study of the Dutch FertiQoL. Human Reproduction, 27(2), 488-495.
  • Blake, L., Jadva, V., & Golombok, S. (2014). Parent psychological adjustment, donor conception and disclosure: a follow-up over 10 years. Human Reproduction, 29(11), 2487-2496.
  • Blyth, E. (2012). Guidelines for infertility counselling in different countries: Is there an emerging trend? Human Reproduction, 27(7), 2046–2057.
  • Boivin, J., & Gameiro, S. (2015). Evolution of psychology and counseling in infertility. Fertility and sterility, 104(2), 251-259.
  • Boivin, J., Domar, A. D., Shapiro, D. B., Wischmann, T. H., Fauser, B. C., & Verhaak, C. (2012). Tackling burden in ART: an integrated approach for medical staff. Human Reproduction, 27(4), 941-950.
  • Bruno, C., Dudkiewicz-Sibony, C., Berthaut, I., Weil, E., Brunet, L., Fortier, C., .. & Antoine, J. M. (2016). Survey of 243 ART patients having made a final disposition decision about their surplus cryopreserved embryos: the crucial role of symbolic embryo representation. Human Reproduction, dew104.
  • Conceiçao, C., Pedro, J., & Martins, M. V. (2017). Effectiveness of a video intervention on fertility knowledge among university students: a randomised pre-test/post-test study. The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care, 22(2), 107-113. doi:10.1080/13625187.2017.1288903
  • Dancet, E.A.F., D'Hooghe, T.M., Sermeus, W., van Empel, I., Strohmer, H., Wyns, C., Santa-Cruz, DNardo, ., L.G., Kovatchki. D., Vanlangenakker, L., Garcia-Velasco, J., Mulugeta, B., Nelen, W.L.D.M., and Kremer, J.A.M. (2012). Patients from across Europe have similar views on patient-centred care: an international multilingual qualitative study in infertility care Human Reproduction, 27(6): 1702-1711
  • Daniluk, J. C., & Koert, E. (2015). Fertility awareness online: the efficacy of a fertility education website in increasing knowledge and changing fertility beliefs. Human Reproduction, 30(2), 353-363.
  • Domar, A. D., Gross, J., Rooney, K., & Boivin, J. (2015). Exploratory randomized trial on the effect of a brief psychological intervention on emotions, quality of life, discontinuation, and pregnancy rates in in vitro fertilization patients. Fertility and sterility, 104(2), 440-451.
  • Gameiro, S., Belt-dusebout, A. W. Van Den, Bleiker, E., Braat, D., Leeuwen, F. E. Van, & Verhaak, C. M. (2014). Do children make you happier ? Sustained child-wish and mental health in women 11 – 17 years after fertility treatment. Human Reproduction,29(10), 2238–2246.
  • Gameiro, S., Van Den Belt-dusebout, A. W., Smeenk, J. M., Braat, D. D., Van Leeuwen, F. E., & Verhaak, C. M. (2016). Women's adjustment trajectories during IVF and impact on mental health 11–17 years later. Human Reproduction, 31(8), 1788-1798.
  • García, D., Vassena, R., Prat, A., & Vernaeve, V. (2016). Increasing fertility knowledge and awareness by tailored education: a randomized controlled trial. Reproductive biomedicine online, 32(1), 113-120.
  • Gartrell, N. K., Bos, H., Goldberg, N. G., Deck, A., & van Rijn-van Gelderen, L. (2015). Satisfaction with known, open-identity, or unknown sperm donors: reports from lesbian mothers of 17-year-old adolescents. Fertility and sterility,103(1), 242-248.
  • Golombok, S., Blake, L., Casey, P., Roman, G., & Jadva, V. (2013). Children born through reproductive donation: a longitudinal study of psychological adjustment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(6), 653-660.
  • Harper, J. C., Kennett, D., & Reisel, D. (2016). The end of donor anonymity: how genetic testing is likely to drive anonymous gamete donation out of business. Human Reproduction, dew065.
  • Huppelschoten, A. G., van Dongen, A. J. C. M., Philipse, I. C. P., Hamilton, C. J. C. M., Verhaak, C. M., Nelen, W. L. D. M., & Kremer, J. A. M. (2013). Predicting dropout in fertility care: a longitudinal study on patient-centredness. Human Reproduction, det236.
  • Huppelschoten, A. G., van Dongen, A. J. C. M., Verhaak, C. M., Smeenk, J. M. J., Kremer, J. A. M., & Nelen, W. L. D. M. (2013). Differences in quality of life and emotional status between infertile women and their partners. Human Reproduction, 28(8), 2168-2176.
  • Isaksson, S., Sydsjö, G. , Svanberg A. S., & Lampic C. (2012). Disclosure behaviour and intentions among 111 couples following treatment with oocytes or sperm from identity-release donors: follow-up at offspring age 1–4 years. Human Reproduction 27(10): 2998-3007 doi:10.1093/humrep/des285
  • Kearney, A. L., & White, K. M. (2016). Examining the psychosocial determinants of women’s decisions to delay childbearing. Human Reproduction, 0(0), dew124. doi:10.1093/humrep/dew124
  • Kimati, C. T., Montagnini, H. L., Bonetti, T. C., Serafini, P. C., Motta, E., & Domingues, T. S. (2016). The psycho-emotional impact of women receiveing donor eggs and the influence on decision treatment. Fertility and Sterility, 106(3), e117.
  • Luk, B. H. K., & Loke, A. Y. (2015). The impact of infertility on the psychological well-being, marital relationships, sexual relationships, and quality of life of couples: a systematic review. Journal of sex & marital therapy, 41(6), 610-625.
  • Maeda, E., Nakamura, F., Kobayashi, Y., Boivin, J., Sugimori, H., Murata, K., & Saito, H. (2016). Effects of fertility education on knowledge, desires and anxiety among the reproductive-aged population: findings from a randomized controlled trial. Human Reproduction, dew133.
  • Masoumi, S. Z., Garousian, M., Khani, S., Oliaei, S. R., & Shayan, A. (2016). Comparison of quality of life, sexual satisfaction and marital satisfaction between fertile and infertile couples. International Journal of Fertility & Sterility, 10(3), 290.
  • Norré, J., & Wischmann, T. (2011). The position of the fertility counsellor in a fertility team: A critical appraisal. Human Fertility, 14, 154-159.
  • Pedro J, Canavarro MC, Boivin J, Gameiro S.(2013). Positive experiences of patient-centred care are associated with intentions to comply with fertility treatment: findings from the validation of the Portuguese version of the PCQ-Infertility tool. Human Reproduction, 28, 2462-2472.
  • Pedro J, Sobral MP, Mesquita-Guimarães J, Leal C, Costa ME, Martins MV.(2016). Couples’ discontinuation of fertility treatments: A longitudinal study on demographic, biomedical and psychosocial risk factors. Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, 34 (2), 217-224. doi: 10.1007/s10815-016-0844-8
  • Peterson, B. D., & Eifert, G. H. (2011). Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Treat Infertility Stress. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 18, 577-587.
  • Provoost, V., Pennings, G., De Sutter, P., Gerris, J., Van de Velde, A., & Dhont, M. (2011). To continue or discontinue storage of cryopreserved embryos? Patients' decisions in view of their child wish. Human Reproduction, 26, 861-872.
  • Rowlands, I. J., Teede, H., Lucke, J., Dobson, A. J., & Mishra, G. D. (2016). Young women's psychological distress after a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis. Human Reproduction, dew174.
  • Sobral, M. P., Costa, M. E., Schmidt, L., & Martins, M. V. (2017). COMPI Fertility Problem Stress Scales is a brief, valid and reliable tool for assessing stress in patients seeking treatment. Human Reproduction, 32(2), 375-382.
  • van den Broeck, U., Marysa, E., Wischmann, T., & Thorn, P. (2010). Counselling in infertility: individual, couple and group interventions. Patient Education and Counseling, 81, 422-428.
  • van Dongen, A. J., Nelen, W. L., IntHout, J., Kremer, J. A., & Verhaak, C. M. (2016). e-Therapy to reduce emotional distress in women undergoing assisted reproductive technology (ART): a feasibility randomized controlled trial. Human Reproduction, 31(5), 1046-1057.
  • Verhaak, C. M., Lintsen, A. M. E., Evers, A. W. M., & Braat, D. D. M. (2010). Who is at risk of emotional problems and how to know? Screening of women going for IVF treatment. Human Reproduction, 25, 1234-1234.
  • Verkuijlen, J., Verhaak, C., Nelen, W. L., Wilkinson, J., & Farquhar, C. (2014). Psychological and educational interventions for subfertile men and women.The Cochrane Library.
  • Winter, C., Van Acker, F., Bonduelle, M., Van Berkel, K., Belva, F., Liebaers, I., & Nekkebroeck, J. (2016). Depression, pregnancy-related anxiety and parental-antenatal attachment in couples using preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Human Reproduction, 31(6), 1288 –1299. 

Articles not to be missed
  • Bracewell-Milnes, T., Saso, S., Bora, S., Ismail, A. M., Al-Memar, M., Hamed, A. H., & Thum, M. Y. (2016). Investigating psychosocial attitudes, motivations and experiences of oocyte donors, recipients and egg sharers: a systematic review. Human Reproduction Update, 22(4), 460-465.
  • Frederiksen, Y., Farver-Vestergaard, I., Skovgård, N. G., Ingerslev, H. J., & Zachariae, R. (2015). Efficacy of psychosocial interventions for psychological and pregnancy outcomes in infertile women and men: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ open, 5(1), e006592.
  • Gameiro, S., & Finnigan, A. (2017). Long-term adjustment to unmet parenthood goals following ART: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Human Reproduction Update, 23(3), 322-337.
  • Gameiro,S., Boivin,J., Peronace, L., and Verhaak, C.M. (2012). Why do patients discontinue fertility treatment? A systematic review of reasons and predictors of discontinuation in fertility treatment. Human Reproduction Update, 18(6): 652-669.
  • Martins, M. V., Basto-Pereira, M., Pedro, J., Peterson, B., Almeida, V., Schmidt, L., & Costa, M. E. (2016). Male psychological adaptation to unsuccessful medically assisted reproduction treatments: a systematic review. Human Reproduction Update, 22(4), 466-478.
  • Mills, M, Rindfuss, R. R., McDonald, P., & te Velde E., and on behalf of the ESHRE Reproduction and Society Task Force (2011). Why do people postpone parenthood? Reasons and social policy incentives Human Reproduction Update 17(6): 848-860
  • Rockliff, H. E., Lightman, S. L., Rhidian, E., Buchanan, H., Gordon, U., & Vedhara, K. (2014). A systematic review of psychosocial factors associated with emotional adjustment in in vitro fertilization patients. Human reproduction update, 20(4), 594-613.
  • Rumbold, A. R., Moore, V. M., Whitrow, M. J., Oswald, T. K., Moran, L. J., Fernandez, R. C., & Davies, M. J. (2017). The impact of specific fertility treatments on cognitive development in childhood and adolescence: a systematic review. Human Reproduction, 1-19.
  • Schmidt,L., Sobotka, T., Bentzen, J.G., and Nyboe Andersen A. (2012). Demographic and medical consequences of the postponement of parenthood Human Reproduction Update 18(1): 29-43.
  • Söderström-Anttila, V., Wennerholm, U. B., Loft, A., Pinborg, A., Aittomäki, K., Romundstad, L. B., & Bergh, C. (2016). Surrogacy: outcomes for surrogate mothers, children and the resulting families—a systematic review. Human reproduction update, 22(2), 260-276.
  • Tallandini, M. A., Zanchettin, L., Gronchi, G., & Morsan, V. (2016). Parental disclosure of assisted reproductive technology (ART) conception to their children: a systematic and meta-analytic review. Human Reproduction, 31(6), 1275-1287
  • Veltman-Verhulst, S. M., Boivin, J., Eijkemans, M.J.C., & Fauser, B. J.C.M. (2012). Emotional distress is a common risk in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of 28 studies. Human Reproduction Update 18(6): 638-651.


ESHRE Guideline

"Routine psychosocial care in infertility and medically assisted reproduction – A guide for fertility staff" is the new ESHRE guideline developed by the psychology guideline development group.

You can read the guideline and find all available details on this page.