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New Survey Finds Infertility Delivers a Serious Blow to Self-Esteem
Date:1/25/2010

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Infertility can also have a negative impact on a couple’s relationships with family and friends. More than 6 in 10 couples (63 percent) say they get tired of people asking them how the process is going, or offering suggestions on how to conceive.
        
“Couples undergoing fertility treatment often turn inward and stop confiding in family and friends because of the pain involved in talking about their struggle to conceive,” said Barbara Collura, executive director, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “It’s important for couples to know that extensive resources exist to support them throughout the process.”
   
Many couples also expressed frustration about receiving unsolicited advice. Most often, couples who receive unsolicited advice are told to just relax and stop worrying so much (78 percent), followed by health advice like changing their diet (42 percent), getting more exercise (41 percent) and getting more sleep (38 percent).
        
“Deciding how much information to share with family and friends and when to share it is a challenge for couples dealing with infertility,” said Ken Mosesian, executive director, the American Fertility Association. “Many couples respond by closing themselves off, so it is important for families and friends to be sensitive and listen instead of offering advice.”

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