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Feelings of guilt and loss of control dominate in stress and depression inventories from women with recurrent pregnancy loss

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PURPOSE: Which feelings on the major depression inventory (MDI) and the perceived stress scale (PSS) are predominant among women with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL)?

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective cohort study of women with RPL referred to the tertiary RPL Unit at Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, Denmark, from 2010-2013. All women answered the MDI and PSS at time of referral.

RESULTS: In total, 298 women completed the MDI and the PSS, of which 162 had primary RPL and 136 secondary RPL. The most common feelings were low in energy (42%), loss of interest (35%), sadness (35%), and guilt (29%). Twenty-six (8.6%) women fulfilled the criteria for moderate to severe depression. Of the remaining 272 women, nine felt that life was not worth living. Among all women feeling angered of things outside their control (35%) and unable to control important things (27%) were predominant. Women with primary RPL compared to secondary RPL more often felt less self-confident and that life wasn't worth living (p = 0.007 and p = 0.002).

CONCLUSIONS: Feelings of guilt and loss of control were predominant in women with RPL. Women with primary RPL could represent a particularly sensitive group. Addressing these specific feelings could help treating the psychological aspects of RPL.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1943740
JournalThe European journal of contraception & reproductive health care : the official journal of the European Society of Contraception
Volume27
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
ISSN1362-5187
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

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© 2021 The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health.

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Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

    Research areas

  • Depression, MDI, miscarriage, PSS, questionnaire, recurrent pregnancy loss, stress

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