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Table 2 Quality of life

From: Quality of life, coping strategies and support needs of women seeking Traditional Chinese Medicine for infertility and viable pregnancy in Australia: a mixed methods approach

Questions1 All women Primary/Secondary infertility All women Subgroup: primary infertility Subgroup: secondary infertility Subgroup: still birth
Number of participants n=25 n=18/4 n=25 n=18 n=4 n=3
  % agree 2 % agree 2 mean (SD) 3 mean (SD) 3 mean (SD) 3 mean (SD) 3
Not having been able to mother a child is distressing to me. 76 83/50 3.8 (1.1) 4.0 (1.1) 3.0 (1.4) 3.7(0.6)
I feel guilty for having let my partner down. 48 50/50 3.0 (1.4) 2.9 (1.5) 2.8 (1.5) 3.3(0.6)
I feel hurt when others make remarks about our childlessness. 48 45/50 3.1 (1.1) 3.2 (1.1) 2.8 (1.5) 3.3 (1.2)
I feel like a failure because of our problems conceiving. 48 50/25 2.8 (1.5) 2.9 (1.5) 2.0 (1.4) 3.7 (0.6)
My partner and I have less sex when I am not ovulating. 44 50/25 3.0 (1.4) 3.2 (1.4) 2.5 (1.3) 2.3 (1.5)
I feel under pressure when I am ovulating. 40 45/25 3.1 (1.2) 3.2 (1.4) 2.8 (1.7) 3.0 (1.0)
I feel down. 48 33/75 3.0 (1.1) 2.9 (1.1) 3.3 (1.5) 3.3 (1.2)
My life revolves around trying to have children. 36 39/67 2.8 (1.2) 3.0 (1.3) 1.8 (0.5) 3.3 (1.2)
I feel less satisfied after sex than I used to before we were trying to conceive. 40 39/50 2.6 (1.3) 2.7 (1.3) 2.8 (1.5) 2.3 (1.5)
I consider infertility a personal shortcoming. 36 39/- 2.8 (1.4) 2.8 (1.4) 1.8 (1.0) 4.0 (1.0)
I feel upset when I see a baby pusher/stroller. 36 33/25 2.7 (1.3) 2.6 (1.4) 2.5 (1.7) 3.7 (0.6)
Planning of our future has been hindered by our difficulties conceiving. 28 33/- 2.6 (1.4) 2.8 (1.5) 1.5 (0.6) 2.7 (1.2)
  1. SD, standard deviation.
  2. 1Table summarises only those questions of the 29-item questionnaire to which more than 30% of the primary infertility subgroup responded with agree or strongly agree.
  3. 2Combined responses ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’.
  4. 3Each item of the quality of life questionnaire was assessed on a 5-point Likert scale ranging from 1 = ‘strongly agree’ to 5= ‘strongly disagree’. Greater mean values are associated with lower quality of life.