Responding to Infertility

Lessons from a Growing Body of Research and Suggested Guidelines for Practice

Karina M. Shreffler, Arthur L. Greil, Julia McQuillan

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Abstract

Infertility is a common yet often misunderstood experience. Infertility is an important topic for family scientists because of its effects on families, its relevance to research in related areas such as fertility trends and reproductive health, and its implications for practitioners who work with individuals and couples experiencing infertility. In this review, we focus on common misperceptions in knowledge and treatment of infertility and highlight insights from recent research that includes men, couples, and people with infertility who are not in treatment. The meaning of parenthood, childlessness, awareness of a fertility problem, and access to resources are particularly relevant for treatment seeking and psychosocial outcomes. On the basis of insights from family science research, we provide specific guidelines for infertility practice within broader social contexts such as trends in health care, education, employment, and relationships. Guidelines are presented across three areas of application: infertility education for individuals, families, and practitioners; steps to support the emotional well-being of those affected by infertility; and understanding of treatment approaches and their implications for individuals and couples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-658
Number of pages15
JournalFamily Relations
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • health disparities
  • identity
  • infertility
  • life course
  • parenthood

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  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Responding to Infertility : Lessons from a Growing Body of Research and Suggested Guidelines for Practice. / Shreffler, Karina M.; Greil, Arthur L.; McQuillan, Julia.

In: Family Relations, Vol. 66, No. 4, 01.10.2017, p. 644-658.

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