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07 September 2011

Infertility still carries a stigma

When couples have difficulty getting pregnant, the amount of information they share with family and friends may depend on who feels more stigmatised by the problem, a new study finds.

When couples have difficulty getting pregnant, the amount of information they share with family and friends may depend on who feels more stigmatised by the problem, a new study finds.

"It aligns with the idea that couples do more work to maintain the husband's public persona," Steuber said. "For women, it may be a response to our pronatalist culture. There's an expectation that women want children, and sometimes those who are voluntarily childless are labelled as selfish or too career-driven.

The stigma of infertility

"We wonder if that stigma overrides the stigma of infertility, to the point that women and their husbands feel compelled to clarify: 'We're not choosing to not have children. We can't have children.'"

 
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