Coping with fertility problems is a very stressful issue for most couples affected and one that can have a negative impact on their relationship. However, new research suggests that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
A study published by the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavia suggests that women who have a baby after experiencing fertility problems are more likely to stay with their partner.
Previous research has shown that when couples experience fertility problems they can be affected physically and psychologically. If treatment is unsuccessful this can lead to a lower quality of life for the couple with increased anxiety, depression and stress levels.
To investigate this further, researchers at the Unit of Survivorship at the Danish Cancer Society Research Center analysed 47,515 women with fertility issues over a 12 year period. During this time, 57% gave birth to at least one child, while 43% did not give birth.
Women who did not give birth were three times more likely to divorce or end the relationship with their partner, compared with women who gave birth to a child.