Marriage

Grieving Loss of Intimacy

October 22nd, 2013
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One of the losses of infertility that doesn’t get a lot of attention is the loss of intimacy. One way this happens is when sexual intimacy becomes so focused on conception, that it loses its unitive function. Rather than something to look forward to as a shared expression of love for each other, it becomes [...]

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It’s Your Time To Heal – Male Factor Infertility

October 3rd, 2013
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I remember it like it was yesterday when we received the phone call that changed our lives forever. My husband and I were at work and the doctor’s nurse called me back. She started off the conversation with a question, and that question was “Have you ever considered donor sperm?” We knew at that moment [...]

Retreat for Those Experiencing Infertility

June 12th, 2013
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Five couples and four women without their husbands in tow usher into the conference room. We drove various distances to be here. Some from Virginia, some from North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and some from the other end of West Virginia, where our retreat house is located. We’ve been married anywhere from less than 2 years [...]

When Intimacy Suffers

March 12th, 2013
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In some respects, infertility is a medical condition unlike any other.  Not many other health concerns are so deeply tied with the intimacy between spouses.  In fact, for many struggling with infertility, what is meant to be a source of love, solace, comfort, stress relief, is often nothing more than a reminder of one’s infertility. [...]

Beginning of a Long Journey

April 4th, 2011
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Greetings, fellow adoption journeyers!  New blogger here.  My name is  Jamaica and I’m the lucky mom of 4 great kids who came to us through adoption…with another on the way!   Each one has a funny, unique story of their journey to becoming our son or daughter, and over the course of time, I invite you [...]

Asserting Yourself to Pursue Fertility Treatments

January 14th, 2008
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On my post, Lessons I Have Learned Through Infertility: Assertiveness, a reader left the following comment: It is almost shocking for me to read this as I thought I was the only person in the world to be feeling and living this way. I have the exact similar issue in my marriage where my husband [...]

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Infertility with a Spouse in Denial

January 11th, 2008
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When I was facing my infertility challenges, my husband’s denial was my biggest obstacle. One of the first tests that infertility doctors run is a semen analysis, and it is kind of hard to do that without semen. Convincing a spouse who is in denial to provide a semen sample is quite a challenge. Hub [...]

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Talking With Spouse About Fertility Concerns

January 10th, 2008
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When my husband and I decided to try to conceive a baby, he was dragging his feet about getting the process started at all. Even though he wanted to be a father someday, he was not ready for “someday” to be in nine months. The only thing he was looking forward to when we started [...]

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Fertility: Wanting a Baby Enough for Both of You

December 10th, 2007
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When my husband and I married, we put ourselves on the “five year plan.” We would both work full-time and save up money to start a family. When we married, I had no desire to be a mother yet but figured I would want it someday. Then, my nephew was born, and my biological clock [...]

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Fertility Treatments: Privacy & Marriage

October 5th, 2007
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Privacy is a big issue for many people going through fertility treatments. Some people (like me) feel the need to talk about everything they are going through. They need emotional support from other people, and they need other people to understand all that they are going through. Talking about the fertility procedures can be emotionally [...]

Categories: Marriage