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It takes two “I”s to create intimacy during infertility

Infertility, and the accompanying decision-making about treatment, is a stressful process and can cause one to doubt previous notions about one’s self and one’s relationships with others.  Just as we all have unique fingerprints, no two people will experience infertility in exactly the same way nor express their individual needs and emotions  alike.  Thus, for couples, it can be helpful to find commonalities in the experience to help decrease the feelings of isolation that are often associated with infertility.   While infertility can be a time of crisis and stress, it also presents an opportunity to build areas of communication and closeness in a relationship that might otherwise be neglected.  But how do you work on intimacy when you are experiencing [...]

2017-08-07T16:11:51+00:00August 15th, 2016|Couples, Special situations|

“And when are YOU having another?” Common Emotions behind Secondary Infertility Explained

Secondary infertility affects those who already have one child, but are unable to conceive a second. You may have had little or no trouble conceiving a baby the first time around, and then suddenly you find that after months or even years of trying for a second, you are unable to do so.   No matter what your first story was, you may be feeling a sense of shame at your difficulty in having a second child, and a sense of failure at not having a sibling for the child you have, with the spacing between them that you desired.   Your situation can raise many new questions and feelings that are normal and quite common among the patients we [...]

2016-05-19T17:42:06+00:00August 1st, 2016|Couples, Special situations|

Lesbian Couples – Path to Parenthood

An increasing number of lesbian couples are using reproductive technology to become parents.  Not having suffered the heartache of infertility, many come to the process hopeful and thankful that there is a technology to help them achieve their dream of parenthood. For others the reality of needing to use a medical intervention to achieve this end is frustrating.   The social landscape for lesbian couples has, of course, changed dramatically in the last decade.  In addition, the recent   Supreme Court decision legalizing same sex marriage dramatically expanded legal rights and protections. However, bureaucratic hurdles remain. For example, at least in the near term, second parent adoptions are still the order of the day. Learn more about LGBT Family Building Resources [...]

2016-05-19T17:35:46+00:00July 1st, 2016|Special situations|
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