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Can fertility struggles increase the likelihood of divorce?

When most people in Denver get married, they have a very specific vision of what their future together will look like. For many, that vision includes having children. However, if you and your partner have struggled to get pregnant, the toll that it takes on your relationship could ultimately lead to a divorce, one study found.

According to U.S. News & World Report, a Danish team of researchers studied 47,500 women who underwent fertility treatments after having trouble conceiving. They tracked the women over several years. For couples who were ultimately unable to have child, one-third of them had split up or divorced.

If you are unable to have children, this can be a major source of stress in your relationship. While some couples may forge a closer bond as a result of their shared failure, for others, the strain and grief is too much to overcome. Some experts believe that more should be done to provide counseling for couples that are struggling with fertility issues. This could help improve some strained relationships and prevent a future divorce, they argue.

It is important to note that the study findings were based strictly on data on whether the women who participated were still in a relationship or not at the end of the process when researchers followed up with them. Because questionnaires were not also utilized, no further insight into these people’s relationships was gleaned, either for those whose marriages remained intact and those that did not. It remains to be seen whether the study will be reproduced in America and if so, whether similar outcomes would result.

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