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Managing Infertility and Your Relationship

September 18, 2017
Emma Holt

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a couple's life but it can also be trying for those who are struggling with becoming pregnant. Sometimes the hardest part about being infertile is coming to terms with it and opening up about it to your partner. 

With infertility comes physical, emotional and financial strain which can really hurt a relationship if you're not careful with it. According to a survey conducted by the nonprofit organization HealthyWomen, nearly one third of women reported that infertility negatively impacted their relationship. On the flip side, a third of the women said their infertility actually benefited their relationships with their partners! 

Tips to keeping your relationship healthy

One of the most important things to do is remember that you have a life and relationship outside of this. Schedule dates where neither of you can talk about children, infertility, medical treatments, adoption, or anything to do with what you're going through. With that comes bringing spontaneity back into sex. That means not having sex to reproduce but instead because you spontaneously want to! 

When you do decide to bring up your trying struggle, have a common ground and agree on how far you'll go. Decide when to cut it off before exhausting your bank account, marriage, and emotions through the endless fertility treatments. It may be a good idea to have this discussion before even undergoing treatments. Remember, communication is key!

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