FertiQol is a quality of life tool that measures a person's overall sense of wellbeing.
FertiQol consists of 34 items (two additional items measure overall satisfaction with physical health and quality of life). FertiQoL is available in Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Vietnamese. Translations currently under preparation are: Arabic, Croatian, Greek and Korean.
Overall physical health and quality of life satisfaction: Two single items capture the personal overall evaluation of physical health ("How would you rate your health") and satisfaction with quality of life ("Are you satisfied with your quality of life"). There are two components to the remaining items. A core section to do with personal and interpersonal quality of life ("Core FertiQol") and an optional section to do with treatment ("Treatment FertiQol").
Personal quality of life: 12 items assess impact of fertility problems in the emotional (6 items) and mind-body (6 items) domains. The Emotional subscale assesses the extent to which the individual experiences the syndrome of negative emotions commonly associated with the experience of fertility problems (e.g., jealousy & resentment, sadness, depression). The Mind-Body subscale assesses to what extent the individual experiences negative physical symptoms (e.g., fatigue, pain) and cognitive or behavioral disruptions (e.g., poor concentration, disrupted daily activities, delayed life plans) as a result of the infertility.
Interpersonal quality of life: 12 items assess the impact of fertility problems in the relational (6 items) and social (6 items) domains. The Relational subscale assesses the extent to which components (e.g., sexuality, communication, commitment) of the marital relationship or partnership have been affected by fertility problems. The Social subscale measures the extent to which social interactions have been affected by fertility problems (e.g., social inclusion, expectations, stigma, support).
Optional treatment quality of life: 10 items assess quality of life during treatment, which includes any medical intervention or consultation, according to treatment environment (6 items) and treatment tolerability (4 items). The Treatment Environment subscale assesses accessibility and quality of treatment and interactions with medial staff. The Treatment Tolerability subscale assesses the experience of mental and physical symptoms and disruption in daily life due to treatment.