How to stop fertility issues from wrecking your relationship

Struggling to conceive can have an impact on intimacy and relationships, says clinical sexologist Dr Eve.

For those who are trying for a baby, sex therapy and relationship therapy are as important as assisted reproductive techniques (ART), she advises.

ARTs such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) can be very 'unsexy', Dr Eve says.

In general, the reproductive burden is often placed on women, making it even more difficult for men to come to terms with their fertility issues.

Dr Eve says couples need to address the conflict and trauma that reproductive challenges or infertility can create in relationships first and foremost.

Infertility is definitely one of the largest life traumas that people, couples and families experience.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Almost 40% of people who do have ART still cannot conceive.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

One doesn't feel very sexy at that time, and yet you are needed to be very sexually functional.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

If you are struggling with a sexual dysfunction, go and get treatment with a sex therapist before you go for ARTs.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Callers phoned in to share their stories about sexuality and conceiving, and Dr Eve shared her 'fertility love hacks'.

Visit Dr Eve's website to learn more.

Listen to the discussion on The Eusebius McKaiser Show:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How to stop fertility issues from wrecking your relationship


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