Author: Iris Waichler


How to Cope When Couples Have Different Ideas about Infertility Treatment

As a licensed clinical social worker, I have spent a lot of time counseling couples experiencing infertility. Many people get focused on the medical and physical aspects of infertility treatment. They often don’t recognize the emotional challenges imposed, when infertility occurs. When couples receive the diagnosis of infertility a cascade of emotions may emerge. These can include, anger, sadness, g...

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How Does Infertility Prepare us to be Parents?

If you asked someone who went through infertility to describe their experience, I am guessing many would say it was the worst time of their life. That was true for me. That period of time when you are trying to build your family and are uncertain about your ability to succeed, tests us in so many ways. The swirling of...

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Should we Consider a Day to Celebrate Non-Parents?

I recently heard the terms “non-Mother’s Day” and “non-Father’s Day.” My initial reaction was confusion. I have been thinking about it since Mother’s Day is behind us and Father’s Day is quickly approaching. What does this really mean?

I believe these terms were meant for us to take a moment to consider the people who are childfree. Ther...

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A Legacy of Life Lessons From My Mother

I lost my mother in 1986. She was 57 years old. She had fought a long battle, that began with a breast cancer diagnosis. Mom was cancer free for five years, and went in for a checkup. We all thought she looked great, but the news was not good. The cancer had metastasized to her bones. She would die two years later....

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New Study Reveals 25 Million Women in U.S. Lack Access to Infertility Treatment

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, in conjunction with researchers at the University of Michigan, have released a study, offering surprising results about infertility treatment. The study indicated that nearly 40 percent of reproductive aged-women in the United States -approximately 25 million - have limited, or no nearby access, to assisted reproductive technology (ART) clinics. This is challenging news for women and...

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What is the Impact of Infertility on Parenting?

Those of us who have experienced infertility, understand that it may impact us in a myriad of ways. Regardless of the outcome, we may be forever changed by experiencing the infertility journey. The uncertainty of knowing if you will become a parent, can spill over into every aspect of our lives, impacting relationships with partners, family, and friends. What is...

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Our Bodies Say No, and Yet We Persist

We all have life-defining moments when we are young, that stay with us. Mine was when I was in third grade. I wanted to be a paleontologist. I spent that year in a gifted science program, creating a timeline, showing the evolution of dinosaurs. My teacher arranged for me to meet a real paleontologist at the world-famous Field Museum. The ...

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How Can You Get the Best Coverage You Can for Infertility Treatment with Your Health Insurance?

There has been much anxiety and debate about health insurance, and what is going to happen during the next few years. One thing you can be sure of is that whatever happens, will impact upon us all, both directly, and indirectly. Men and women who are pursuing infertility treatment may be especially concerned, during this time.

Undergoing infertility treatment is...

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The Relationship Between Religion and Infertility

When we are faced with infertility, the number of challenges which arise can be staggering. Infertility tests us physically, emotionally, and financially. It can also stress our relationships with others. One arena which can be deeply impacted upon by infertility are beliefs, spirituality, and religion. This piece of the infertility pie is discussed less often than the others, yet for...

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