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Levels of anxiety sensitivity, somatosensory amplification and alexithymia in patients with unexplained infertility
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  • Buket Koparal,
  • Beril Gürlek,
  • Çiçek Hocaoğlu,
  • Selim Polat
Buket Koparal
Recep Tayyip Erdogan University Training and Research Hospital
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Beril Gürlek
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University
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Çiçek Hocaoğlu
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University
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Selim Polat
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University
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Abstract

Objective: In this study, it was aimed to focus on the psychological aspect of unexplained infertility by comparing the mental symptoms of infertility due to known causes and fertile patients. Patients and Methods: 60 unexplained infertility patiens, 50 infertile patients with a known cause and 56 fertile patients were included in the study. Socio-demographic data form, Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20), Somatosensory Amplification Scale (SAS) and Anxiety Sensitivity Index (ASI-3) were applied to the patients. Results: No significant differences in the levels of alexithymia, somatosensory amplification, and anxiety sensitivity were detected across the groups (p>0.05). When the correlation of clinical scale scores with each other was analyzed in the whole group of infertile patients regardless of the cause, anxiety sensitivity was found increased as difficulty identifying feelings increased. Conclusion: In our study, it has been found out that; regardless of the knowledge of the etiology of infertility, the levels of alexithymia, somatosensory amplification, and anxiety sensitivity of infertile cases did not differ from those of fertile women. However, it has been shown that as the difficulty in identifying emotions increases in infertile cases, anxiety sensitivity, which may cause psychological infertility, also increases.

Peer review status:ACCEPTED

01 Jun 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
01 Jun 2021Submission Checks Completed
01 Jun 2021Assigned to Editor
19 Jun 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
04 Jul 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
05 Jul 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
19 Aug 20211st Revision Received
20 Aug 2021Submission Checks Completed
20 Aug 2021Assigned to Editor
20 Aug 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
21 Aug 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Major
24 Aug 20212nd Revision Received
25 Aug 2021Submission Checks Completed
25 Aug 2021Assigned to Editor
25 Aug 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
25 Aug 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
27 Aug 2021Editorial Decision: Accept