Impact of Infertility on the Sexuality of Couples: an Overview

Lúcia Alves Lara*, Miguel Fuentealba-Torres, Rosana Maria dos Reis, Denisse Cartagena-Ramos

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Purpose of Review: To determine the impacts of infertility on the sexuality of couples, and the challenges this presents for providing sexual healthcare to these couples. Recent Findings: We thoroughly reviewed multiple databases to identify all publications on this topic from 2013 to 2017. Summary: The included studies had significant heterogeneity in the study population, study design, and instruments used to assess sexual response. This made it difficult to identify the true impact of infertility on the sexual health and sexuality of couples. However, our review shows that infertile couples have moderate-to-high levels of emotional, sexual, and marital problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-359
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Sexual Health Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Couples
  • Infertility
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sexual function
  • Sexuality


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