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Korean J Women Health Nurs. 2009 Mar;15(1):43-53. Korean.
Published online March 31, 2009.
Copyright © 2009 Korean Academy of Women's Health Nursing
Lived Experience of IVF-ET Program
Yun Jung Lee,1 and Kwuy Bun Kim2
1Nurse Manager, Medi-i Women's Hospital, Korea.
2Professor, College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University, Korea.

Address reprint requests to: Kim, Kwuy Bun(Corresponding Author). College of Nursing Science, Kyung Hee University #1, Hoegi-Dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, Korea. Tel: 82-2-961-0314, Fax: 82-2-961-9398, Email:
Received November 20, 2008; Accepted February 28, 2009.



This study was to identify what experience meant for the wives that attempted IVF-ET(In Vitro Fertilization-Embryo Transfer) program due to the spouse's infertility and provide fundamental materials to improve nursing interventions.


Giorgi's phenomenological method was employed, the subjects were five wives who had ever attempted IVF-ET program due to the infertility of their spouses. In-depth interview and observation method were utilized to gather information from April to December 2003.


The significant results from analyzing the interviews can be grouped into 34 themes, 8 categories. The essential themes for the experiences of the wives were 'shocked by the unbelievable reality', 'can't give up the connection to the blood', 'Lack of social education on pregnancy, and childbirth', 'self-pity', 'feelings of both families', 'Being afraid of the unexpected result', 'physical and mental agony', 'Positively coping with the reality.


The results show that infertility is not a mere personal matter, and infertile people, their families and society should team up with in tackling it. The physical, psychological and social problems triggered by infertility could be ironed out by making both personal and collaborative approaches to that.

Keywords: IVF-ET(In Vitro Fertilization-Embryo Transfer); Experience; Wife; Infertility


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The lived experience of IVF-ET program
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