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Article: Life after unsuccessful IVF treatment in an assisted reproduction unit: A qualitative analysis of gains through loss among Chinese persons in Hong Kong

TitleLife after unsuccessful IVF treatment in an assisted reproduction unit: A qualitative analysis of gains through loss among Chinese persons in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsCounselling
Growth
Infertility
IVF
Meaning making
Issue Date2009
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Human Reproduction, 2009, v. 24 n. 8, p. 1920-1929 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUNDPrevious studies examining experiences of infertility focused mainly on the aspect of loss but neglected the possible gains realized through surviving the experience of infertility. The success rate of IVF remains relatively low, and we used the strengths perspective to examine adjustment after unsuccessful treatment. This study aims to provide an in-depth description of the gains perceived by Chinese men and women and how they re-constructed their lives after unsuccessful IVF treatment.METHODSFour couples and another six women who experienced unsuccessful IVF treatment were recruited from an assisted reproduction clinic. Data were collected through in-depth interviews, using a grounded theory constructivist approach.RESULTSOf the 10 women and 4 men interviewed, 9 remained childless, 3 had adopted a child and 2 had conceived naturally. They reported gains on a personal level, interpersonal level and transpersonal level through surviving the experience of infertility. All, regardless of the eventual outcome, reported at least one form of personal gain: in personality or knowledge gain. Interpersonal gains were perceived in relationships with their spouses, children, parents, friends, colleagues and fellow IVF service users. More than half of them reported spiritual growth and a change in identity through integrating their experiences and offering help to others.CONCLUSIONDespite the small sample size, this study makes a significant contribution by suggesting that while negative feelings provoked by the failure to conceive should be acknowledged, people in this situation should also be enabled to consolidate their negative experiences of IVF constructively, helping them to move on with their lives.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60513
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2015 Impact Factor: 4.621
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.271
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dc.contributor.authorLee, GLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHui Choi, WHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, CHYen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorNg, EHYen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-05-31T04:12:34Z-
dc.date.available2010-05-31T04:12:34Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationHuman Reproduction, 2009, v. 24 n. 8, p. 1920-1929en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0268-1161en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/60513-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUNDPrevious studies examining experiences of infertility focused mainly on the aspect of loss but neglected the possible gains realized through surviving the experience of infertility. The success rate of IVF remains relatively low, and we used the strengths perspective to examine adjustment after unsuccessful treatment. This study aims to provide an in-depth description of the gains perceived by Chinese men and women and how they re-constructed their lives after unsuccessful IVF treatment.METHODSFour couples and another six women who experienced unsuccessful IVF treatment were recruited from an assisted reproduction clinic. Data were collected through in-depth interviews, using a grounded theory constructivist approach.RESULTSOf the 10 women and 4 men interviewed, 9 remained childless, 3 had adopted a child and 2 had conceived naturally. They reported gains on a personal level, interpersonal level and transpersonal level through surviving the experience of infertility. All, regardless of the eventual outcome, reported at least one form of personal gain: in personality or knowledge gain. Interpersonal gains were perceived in relationships with their spouses, children, parents, friends, colleagues and fellow IVF service users. More than half of them reported spiritual growth and a change in identity through integrating their experiences and offering help to others.CONCLUSIONDespite the small sample size, this study makes a significant contribution by suggesting that while negative feelings provoked by the failure to conceive should be acknowledged, people in this situation should also be enabled to consolidate their negative experiences of IVF constructively, helping them to move on with their lives.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofHuman Reproductionen_HK
dc.rightsHuman Reproduction. Copyright © Oxford University Press.en_HK
dc.subjectCounsellingen_HK
dc.subjectGrowthen_HK
dc.subjectInfertilityen_HK
dc.subjectIVFen_HK
dc.subjectMeaning makingen_HK
dc.titleLife after unsuccessful IVF treatment in an assisted reproduction unit: A qualitative analysis of gains through loss among Chinese persons in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailHui Choi, WH: whchoi@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, CHY: chancelia@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, CLW: cecichan@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailNg, EHY: nghye@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/humrep/dep091en_HK
dc.identifier.pmid19372145-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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