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Kampen mot barnlösheten: kvinnors upplevelser av infertilitet. En studie av självbiografier
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison of Caring Sciences, undergraduate level.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The struggle against childlessness : Woman´s experiences of infertility. A study of autobiographies (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Fertility problems in women often cause mental stress. Feelings that women describe during the infertility investigation is jealousy, sorrow, guilt, pain, and anxiety. These women need support and encouragement from the nurse during the investigation. Therefore it is important that nurses understand the women's experiences. Previous studies on women's experiences of infertility are based on interviews. Therefore, this study will focus on women's own stories about their experiences during infertility investigation.

Aim: The aim of the study was to describe women's experiences of infertility during the time the investigation is in progress.

Method: The study was based on narratives, which in this case means an analysis of biographies. Three autobiographies were analyzed according to Dahlborg-Lyckhages (2006) description of analysis of narratives.

Results: Four themes and seven subthemes emerged from the analysis. The results show that women's experiences are characterized by being inadequate, feeling guilt, envy, and the nurse's attitudes that can give sense of desperation or hope. The women's experiences affect their everyday lives and their emotions make them isolate themselves.

Conclusion: Motherhood is a central part of the woman's life and identity, to be infertile is perceived as to major pressure that may result in mental stress. To reduce the infertile women´s suffering and mental stress it is important that the nurse shows empathy and understanding

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 15 p.
Keyword [en]
Autobiography, experiences, infertility, investigation, woman
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-6520Local ID: EXO500OAI: diva2:739588
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Nursing science
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Available from: 2014-08-21 Created: 2014-08-21 Last updated: 2014-09-12Bibliographically approved

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