Recurrent pregnancy loss — Psychological effects

Recurrent pregnancy loss — Psychological effects

The experience of recurrent pregnancy loss is not only a physical but also a profound psychological challenge for affected couples. While the physical aspect is often the focus, the psychological effects often remain unrecognized or underestimated. The emotional burden of recurrent pregnancy loss is immense and can have long-term consequences for the mental health of those affected. For women, losing a pregnancy can often involve a sense of personal failure and guilt. Social expectations and one's own idea of motherhood can increase this pressure. Men, on the other hand, tend to downplay their feelings and take on the role of strong partner, which can lead to isolation and lack of emotional support. The way to deal with this traumatic experience is individual and can benefit from professional psychological support. Understanding and acknowledging the emotional impact of recurrent pregnancy loss is critical to providing affected couples with the necessary space and support they need. A holistic approach that takes into account both physical and psychological aspects is essential.

Recurrent pregnancy loss: a shared stressor—couple-oriented psychological research findings

The study “Recurrent pregnancy loss: a shared stressor—couple-orientated psychological research findings,” which was published by Ruben together with colleagues in the journal “Fertility and Sterility” in 2020, examined 104 women and 90 men who had experienced recurrent pregnancy losses. The aim was to compare the psychological impact of recurrent pregnancy loss on both sexes and to identify risk and protective factors. A total of 104 women and 90 men were examined to understand the emotional and psychological responses of both sexes. The study shows that both men and women are heavily burdened by recurrent pregnancy loss and are at increased risk of anxiety and depression.

A major focus is on the importance of communication between partners and the quality of the relationship, which have been identified as important protective factors. Likewise, the presence of children has been found to reduce the risk of psychological problems. The study highlights the need for comprehensive screening for mental health issues among both partners and the importance of support from healthcare professionals.

The study suggests that improved communication, increased social support, and attentive medical care should be essential components of care for couples with rrecurrent pregnancy loss. It also underlines the relevance of screening procedures to identify signs of depression and anxiety at an early stage and to treat them accordingly.

High importance of medical and psychological support

The study highlights the importance of comprehensive support for couples with recurrent pregnancy loss . This includes both psychological and medical care. In this context, we at Fertia can offer that, in addition to medical care, we also provide psychological support for affected couples. This allows us to ensure that all aspects of our patients' health and wellbeing are fully addressed, resulting in improved care and support.

Here is the link to the study: Recurrent pregnancy loss: a shared stressor - couple-oriented psychological research findings

Written by
PD Dr. Dr. Kilian Vomstein
PD Dr. Dr. Kilian Vomstein

Mein beruflicher Schwerpunkt ist der Umgang mit unerfülltem Kinderwunsch und wiederholten Fehlgeburten, in dem ich umfassende klinische und wissenschaftliche Erfahrungen gesammelt habe. Ich strebe danach, für jedes Paar individuelle Lösungen zu finden.