Alisha Shrestha, Priyambada Tiwari
Abstract: The aim of this study is to assess the level of stress and coping strategies of infertile women. A Cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted among 67 infertile women by using non-probability purposive sampling technique. The tools used are Semi Structured questionnaire, The Fertility Problem Inventory (FPI) and COMPI coping strategies scale. The study finding revealed that nearly half of respondents 41.8 % have moderately high infertility stress & 6 % have low infertility stress whereas majority of respondents 67.2 % have highly use of passive avoidance coping strategies and 20.9 % have highly use of active avoidance. Also, there was significant association between level of stress and subscale of coping strategies active avoidance, active confrontation and meaning based coping but insignificant with passive avoidance. The study concluded there is strong need for awareness regarding appropriate use of coping strategies and its practice among infertile women. Moreover, effective counselling may help reducing their stress.
Keywords: Stress, Coping strategies, infertile women