Depression caused by male infertility

Kolsom Salehi,1,* Fatemeh kazeminavaei,2 Mona jalili shani,3 Reyhaneh gorji,4

1. islamic azad university babol
2. islamic azad university babol
3. islamic azad university babol
4. islamic azad university babol



Background and objective: infertility refers to the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse. this study was carried out due to high importance of male infertility and the resulting psychological outcomes and the fact that depression itself can have an effect on male infertility. the present study was conducted aimed to investigate the psychological consequences caused by male infertility.


Search methodology: this study is a review study. necessary information on depression caused by male infertility was extracted databases of google scholar, magiran, pub med and sid using infertility keywords, including infertility, men, and depression. among 30 related articles published between 2007 and 2017, 15 articles that had the most relevance to the subject matter studied, were used to write this study.


Results: infertility has significant effects on social, economic, and social dimensions of the individual. depression and anxiety are recognized as the most common psychological problems of infertility. since, in our culture parenting is considered as a turning point and an important event in couples’ life, therefore infertile men suffer from this failure. so, these processes (failure to meet cultural expectations) potentially have a relationship with feelings of loss and decreased self-esteem and stress in the infertile men.


Conclusion: according to the results of this study, in many infertile men, the infertility factor can lead to psychological factors, including depression.


Key words: infertility, men, depression