Researchers at Royan Research Institute have studied the relation between infertility and hopefulness among infertile men and women. The results of their studies show that men who cannot have children are more optimistic than infertile women.
Infertility is more than just a dysfunction in the reproduction system of human body. It can levy a great toll on the mental health of such patients due to pressures from society and culture.
Stress, depression and anxiety are some common symptoms that are seen among people who are unable to have offspring. So it is essential to analyze these symptoms and their distribution between men and women, normal infertile people and candidates of receiving eggs.
This is why the Royan researchers have come up with an experiment to study 180 infertile men and women who are literate and above 18 years old. The purpose of this research is to examine the level of stress, depression, anxiety and optimism in these participants.
The subjects were assorted in three categories: 60 candidates to receive fetus, 60 candidates to receive egg and 60 normal infertile subjects.
The results of this study which has been published in the Cell Journal have shown that in the normal group, men were significantly more optimistic and hopeful than women. While the average level of optimism and hopefulness between men and women in the three groups were considerably different.
In the normal infertile group, the distribution of anxiety between men and women was very distinct. The same pattern was observed among the receivers of fetus and women were more stressed and anxious.
The results of this research show that hopefulness has an important role in reducing psychological disorders such as stress and anxiety. Therefore getting psychological help such as hope therapy from the experts can be effective in improving the mental health of such patients.