Infertility Essay

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Infertility can be extremely challenging for couples to overcome. It can be not only physically draining, but emotionally and mentally as well. Infertility can be easily compared to a roller coaster, with emotions going up and down from hope and optimism plummeting down to frustration and even grief after many the couple has tried for a long period of time. While for me personally, I first think of women when I think of infertility, the men play a large role as well. They are also hoping for children and the biological reason for the infertility can be from either sex. Research has also shown that infertility can make physically difficult and cause anxiety in couples, which could led to increased difficulty in conceiving (Domar & Gordon, …show more content…

According to Thorn, (2009) the chance of infertility is increased in these parts of the world as well due to likelihood of infections that can cause damage to the reproductive tract. There can be challenges for those experiencing infertility in developed countries as well however. The most common issue in fertility treatments in countries is due to lack of funds and insurance policies that limit reimbursement (Thorn). This could cause a couple struggling with infertility to not pursue or seek treatment limiting their potential to conceive. In cases like these, it is likely that their negative feelings would increase.
When originally selecting this topic, I thought that infertility would have an immense strain on the couple’s relationship. In Luk & Loke’s (2015) study though, they found the effects on marital relationships inconclusive. Curious to see if any studies did have conclusive evidence, I searched specifically for evidence on marital relationships and infertility. Many studies only examined the relationship heath for couples receiving infertility treatment. One study (Holter, Anderheim, Bergh, and Möller, 2006) found couples to be stable and well-adjusted. However, this study only examined the relationship after the first round of IVF. Another study (Repokari et al., 2007) found couples to have no relationship issues, however it only examined patients who received successful assisted reproductive techniques.

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