What effects can infertility have on a marriage?

Infertility does a lot more than prevent a couple from having kids, in some cases, it also causes strain on a marriage.

For couples facing infertility problems, their reactions can be varied, ranging from sadness, disappointment, anger, envy, insecurity, and a host of other feelings.

Infertility can take its toll on a marriage

Hearing that you're infertile is the last thing that couples want to hear. One of the most exciting things that newlywed couples look forward to would be having children, and hearing that they will be unable to have kids, or will have a lot of difficulty having kids can take its toll on the marriage.

It's not uncommon to hear of a man sleeping with another woman just so he can have kids, or a woman sleeping with another man so she can have children. While these are extreme and isolated examples, it just goes to show the amount of strain that infertility can have on a couple.

Sometimes, it can even be a cause for couples to grow further apart, and put an end to their relationship. Which is why for couples who are facing infertility, it's important to address these problems early on, and figure out what you can do to keep your relationship strong.

How can you handle the stress of infertility?

A lot of times, stress is the catalyst that causes couples to have problems. Thankfully, there are a lot of things that couples can do to help them cope better with infertility. Here are some tips:

  • If you're partner's infertile, ask them what you can do to help.
  • Get counseling. Counseling is important as it helps you work on your problems as a couple, and counseling can aso help you deal with infertility.
  • Talk to other couples who are also infertile. Talking to people who are going through the same things as you is important as they can help you by sharing their experiences, and how they overcame their problems.
  • Communicate with your partner. Talking with your partner is by far the best thing that you can do to address your problems. Start by talking about your concerns, and discuss how you can help each other out.

Sources: huffingtonpost.cafertilityauthority.comhealthywomen.org

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