Phenomenological Study of the Experience of Infertility in Romanian Patients: The Female Perspective


  • Ioana Silistraru Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania
  • Anamaria Ciubara Dunărea de Jos University of Galați, 800008 Galati, Romania
  • Radu Petru Soroceanu Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania
  • Stefan Roșca Dunărea de Jos University of Galați, 800008 Galati, Romania,
  • Alin Dumitru Ciubotaru Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania
  • Gabriela Simionescu Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania,



infertility, IVF, phenomenology, qualitative research


The subjective experience of infertility, the emotions, thoughts and problems stated in the patients' narratives show that thepsycho-social impact of infertility is real, and patients need permanent support, the recent qualitative studies suggest. Thepresent paper explores the patients' experiences with a diagnosis of female or male infertility from the perspective ofpatients undergoing IVF to become pregnant. The sample included 17 participants, patients of a private reproductivehealth and fertility clinic in Iasi, Romania. Patients were interviewed based on a semi-structured interview guide to obtaininformation about the infertility experience, from diagnosis to IVF procedures, regardless of the therapeutic approach.The data was enriched through observation notes. The data obtained were analyzed from a qualitative perspective, with aphenomenological approach, to describe and interpret the experience of infertility from the patient's perspective tounderstand and deepen the diagnosis's effect on personal, social and couple life. Six theme clusters emerged from thecollected data related to the perceived definition of maternity, the personal infertility story, the array of identifiedemotions, couple dynamics, perceived social support and coping strategies. The body of literature gives increased interestto the biomedical aspect of infertility. However, its completion with information related to the patient's life context and themeanings attributed to it provides relevant data for therapeutic success.


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How to Cite

Silistraru, I., Ciubara, A., Soroceanu, R. P., Roșca, S., Ciubotaru, A. D., & Simionescu, G. (2024). Phenomenological Study of the Experience of Infertility in Romanian Patients: The Female Perspective. BRAIN. Broad Research in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, 15(1), 414-443.

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