1Department of Psychiatry, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran
Introduction: some authors indicated the influence of infertility on the quality of life, this study aimed to compare the impact of infertility on the quality of life and social support in fertile and infertile women. Materials and Methods: In this case-control study 50 hospitalized and outpatients infertile and 50 fertile women aged 20-40 referred to gynecology, obstetrics and infertility centers of Arak University of Medical sciences from March 2013 to August 2013. The patients were requested to complete the Persian version of the WHOQOL-BREF (world health organization quality of life) and social support questionnaires. The demographic data and data extracted from questionnaires were collected and analyzed. Results: 100 women (50 infertile and 50 fertile) mean age 33.70±6.53 were recruited .All patients were literate and the most of them was at the level of diploma. To compare two groups regarding physical health, mental health, social relationship, quality of life, family support, friends’ support, support of other people and social support we used one-way ANOVA. The score of all these variables in infertile women was more than fertile and the difference between two groups was significant. To compare environmental health we used Kruskal-Wallis test, the mean score of environmental health in infertile was more than fertile women, but the difference was not significant (P= 0.15). Conclusion: we revealed infertility decreases the mental and physical health, social relationship and quality of life in women, moreover, we documented infertile women were less supported by social, family, friends and other people than fertile women.