Health related quality of life in pregnancy and postpartum among women with assisted conception in Canada

Capsule:
Women with assisted conception report lower physical and better mental health during pregnancy than women with spontaneous conception; by 4 months postpartum there are no differences in health related quality of life based on mode of conception.

Authors:
Angela Vinturache, M.D., Ph.D., Nikki Stephenson, M.Sc., Sheila McDonald, Ph.D., Muci Wu, B.Sc., Hamideh Bayrampour, Ph.D., Suzanne Tough, Ph.D.

Volume 104, Issue 1, Pages 188–195

Abstract:

Objective:
To study the effects of mode of conception (spontaneous vs. assisted) on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) throughout pregnancy and in the postpartum period.

Design:
Secondary analysis of data from the All Our Babies cohort.

Setting:
Not applicable.

Patient(s):
A total of 243 women with assisted conception and 3,309 women with spontaneous conception.

Intervention(s):
Short Form 12 (SF-12) health survey administered by means of questionnaires at

Main Outcome Measure(s):
Changes in the SF-12 Physical (PCS) and Mental (MCS) Component Summary scores from pregnancy to postpartum.

Result(s):
The PCS scores were lower during pregnancy and at

Conclusion(s):
Women with assisted conception may report lower physical and better mental health during pregnancy than women with spontaneous conception. At 4 months postpartum, there were no differences in self-reported HRQoL between modes of conception. Women with assisted conception may benefit from support and reassurance that perception of suboptimal health may improve over pregnancy and into the postpartum period.

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