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The Plight of Infertile Couples: When to Get Off the Infertility Treadmill?

Treatment takes a physical, emotional, and financial toll, but infertile couples often feel they have to do “everything they can” before they stop.

By Jill Smolowe

The Plight of the Infertile Couple

The high-powered job and the marriage were choices made along the way. But Susan, 29, of Houston, cannot remember ever choosing to be a mother. That was simply a given. “Even when I was 7,” she says, “my goal in life was to be a mother.”

Five years ago, she and her husband started trying to conceive. The first year, Susan charted her temperature daily and made sure the couple had sex whenever the mercury dipped. The second year she took a fertility drug—and withstood its resulting mood swings and hot flashes. Two exploratory surgeries followed, then expensive injections of more drugs, which induced potentially fatal ovarian hyperstimulation. Still, the couple pressed on. Susan finally got pregnant after taking a final drug—only to miscarry 11 weeks later…

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    Employers need to be more understanding of the special needs of those of their employees who are infertile, and be willing to make workplace accommodations for those undergoing infertility treatments – for example, allowing the employee to change her work schedule or to take some time off. Employers, insurance companies, and legislators in India also need to take steps to recognize that reproduction is a major life activity – and that infertile couples need all the help we can give them.

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