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A Couple Who Cannot Conceive: Coping with Infertility

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The experience of infertility and its medical treatment is for most couples an emotional challenging life crisis. For a successful coping with this crisis, it is essential to use only effective coping strategies. These are mainly active-confronting and meaning-based coping strategies, whereas avoidance coping strategies usually increase the personal and marital stress of both partners. In this chapter some typical issues in the relationship between health care professional and the infertile couples will be described. One important didactical goal will be to increase the knowledge on favorable coping strategies in infertility and how to address these coping strategies adequately as an Ob/Gyn-professional.

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Wischmann, T., Kentenich, H. (2017). A Couple Who Cannot Conceive: Coping with Infertility. In: Paarlberg, K., van de Wiel, H. (eds) Bio-Psycho-Social Obstetrics and Gynecology. Springer, Cham.

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