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Psychological Consequences of Infertility

  • Sue A. Shapiro

Abstract

Infertility, the failure to conceive after 1 year of trying, is not statistically normal, yet this chapter is included here because infertility does affect a significant (15%) proportion of the reproductive population, and its prevalence is increasing. There are now an estimated 10 million infertile Americans, whose inability to have children is a major life crisis both for themselves, their spouses, and their families (Menning, 1977, 1979). The focus in this chapter is on primary infertility as opposed to secondary infertility that couples may experience after successfully having one or more children.

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Psychological Consequence Sperm Count Male Infertility Artificial Insemination Infertile Woman 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sue A. Shapiro
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Doctoral Program in Clinical PsychologyNew York UniversityUSA
  2. 2.New York University Medical SchoolUSA
  3. 3.Faculty, Manhattan Institute for PsychoanalysisUSA

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