Psychological Components of Infertility

Amelia Swanson*, Andrea Mechanick Braverman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Infertility is a medical diagnosis impacting 48.5 million couples globally. Infertility impacts physical and emotional health as well as social and romantic relationships. People with infertility report feelings of distress, grief, anxiety and depression. Couples notice changes in their relationships; some report becoming emotionally closer while others report relationship difficulties. People may feel more isolated due to lack of social support. People that use third party reproduction, such as donor egg, sperm, embryo or gestational carriers, have additional emotional impacts during pregnancy and parenting. Continuing changes to laws complicate international fertility care, particularly given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-82
Number of pages16
JournalFamily Court Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Coping
  • Infertility
  • International
  • Psychological Distress
  • Stress
  • Third-Party Reproduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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