Divorce or end of cohabitation among Danish women evaluated for fertility problems

Trille Kjaer, Vanna Albieri, Allan Jensen, Susanne K Kjaer, Christoffer Johansen, Susanne O Dalton


    OBJECTIVE: Couples with fertility problems may experience marital or sexual distress which could potentially result in dissolved relationships. We investigated the likelihood of ending a relationship among women who did not have a child after a fertility evaluation.

    DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study.

    SETTING: Danish women ever referred for primary or secondary fertility problems to a public Danish hospital or private fertility clinic between 1990 and 2006.

    POPULATION: A total of 47,515 women.

    METHODS: The data were linked to Danish administrative population-based registries containing demographic and socioeconomic information. Discrete-time survival models were used with person-period data. Each woman was followed from the year of her initial fertility evaluation through to 2007.

    MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Effects of parity after a fertility evaluation on the likelihood of ending a marital or cohabitation relationship.

    RESULTS: After up to 12 years of follow up, nearly 27% of the women were no longer living with the person with whom they had lived at the time of the fertility evaluation. Women who did not have a child after the evaluation had significantly higher odds ratios for ending a relationship up to 12 years after the evaluation (with odds ratios up to 3.13, 95% CI 2.88-3.41) than women who had a child, regardless of their parity before the evaluation.

    CONCLUSIONS: Parity after a fertility evaluation may be an important component in the longitudinal relationships of couples with fertility problems. Studies with detailed information on marital quality and relational well-being of couples with fertility problems are needed.

    TidsskriftActa Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
    Udgave nummer3
    Sider (fra-til)269-76
    Antal sider8
    StatusUdgivet - mar. 2014


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