How Infertility Affects Marriage 

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Struggling with infertility is something that is very stressful. You have to worry about the costs associated with the treatment as well as the side effects of the treatment itself. Plus, when a couple has been trying to conceive for a long time, the stress could have a huge effect on their marriage. If you are struggling with infertility here are some of the dangers you are facing, and some things to help.

Emotional

It’s important to realize that both members of the couple will be going through many different emotions. The struggle occurs when the emotions that one is feeling is completely different than the other. For example, when one member doesn’t want to talk about the situation and the other doesn’t feel as though they get to share their feelings enough.

If you find yourself in this situation, take a step back and find another outlet for sharing your feelings. Sometimes this could be a close friend or family member that you can lean on when you need to share your feelings. This way both you and your partner are getting the emotional support they need without pressing too much on the other one to change how they are feeling.

Finances

Another issue that can cause trouble in a marriage is the cost related to fertility treatments. Fertility treatments are extremely expensive and many couples are not able to afford them. This could lead to one member of the couple wanting to stop the treatments and the other to desire to sacrifice even more. Naturally, stress on a marriage will shortly follow this type of situation.

For those in this situation, it is best to take an honest look at your finances to determine what is manageable and reasonable. You may also want to look for alternate types of fertility treatments that may be more affordable. For example, some facilities have cost sharing programs in place that allow you to have some of your money back if you aren’t able to conceive. Other options may be trying out some trial fertility treatments or looking for some natural options to try for a while. These are all things that can help you afford your treatments and lower the stress on your marriage.

Sometimes it is best for your marriage to take a step back and reexamine your attempts to become pregnant. In the end, this could be something that reduces your stress and makes it easier for you to become pregnant in the long run.

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