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Coping with holiday stress and fertility

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, understands that “Holidays can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances. Expectations are at a peak. Pressure comes, both from the outside and within, to break out of the normal routine – to celebrate, … Continue reading

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Personal essay: Can a friendship survive infertility?

“Friendships are suffering – even ending – from the strain of infertility.” It’s not unusual to feel a rift if you are experiencing infertility while surrounded by friends having babies, writes Minna Dubin in Salon.com. She says that, although there … Continue reading

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Study reveals psychological impact of COVID-19 on fertility patients

The suspension of fertility treatments due to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of psychological impacts on women whose treatments were cancelled, but there are several protective factors that can be fostered to help in the future, according to … Continue reading

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The psychological impact of infertility

Susan Scott, a social worker in Toms River, talks about the emotional impact of infertility: “Most couples will face some degree of emotional distress when they are diagnosed and being treated for infertility. It is hard to feel happy when your … Continue reading

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Why infertility counseling can help you

Infertility is a medical condition much like other medical conditions – it affects all aspects of your life. It can create one of the most stressful life crises that an individual or couple has ever experienced and can affect your … Continue reading

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Study links stress to infertility in women

A new study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers finds higher levels of stress are associated with lower odds of conception for women, but not for men. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. “Although … Continue reading

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The silence of infertile African-American women

African-American women are just as likely to experience infertility as white women, if not more so, but they often cope with this traumatic issue in silence and isolation, according to a new University of Michigan study. African-American women also more … Continue reading

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Tell your fertility specialist about your mental health history

Fertility treatment patients and their partners are far more likely than the general population to experience major depressive disorder (MDD), and a key factor in predicting a patient’s risk is whether he or she has a previous diagnosis of MDD. … Continue reading

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Mental health care is critical during pregnancy

A new series of articles published in The Lancet highlights the importance of the mental health of parents during pregnancy and after childbirth. More than 10 percent of women in high-income countries experience mental health disorders during the prenatal and postnatal periods. Louise … Continue reading

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Antidepressants not linked to autism—but depression is

There’s been controversy for years over whether the use of common antidepressants by women during their pregnancies might raise the odds of mental health issues in their children. Now, a study involving more than 13,000 children finds no rise in … Continue reading

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