Approximately 5-10% of women in the reproductive years are affected by infertility which is associated with depression, anxiety and disturbed eating behavior. Part of this association can be explained by the emotional stress resulting from infertility. As mental disorders, such as depressive disorder or eating disorders are also prospectively associated with infertility, a bidirectional relationship is assumed. A special relationship exists between mental disorders and the main causes of ovulatory infertility, hypothalamic amenorrhea and polycystic ovary disease. The results of pilot studies support the assumption that psychotherapy may constitute an important component of the treatment of infertility.
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)