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Talking Infertility Makes Conception Easier

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) -- This is Infertility Awareness Week, and researchers at the University of Iowa want all of us to feel more comfortable talking about the issue, because, they say, it can make the whole conception process a lot easier.

Susie Weig is just seven weeks old, but a year ago, her parents, Nick and Jenny, didn't think having a baby was even possible.

"I remember when we got the call and found out what the problem was, I was really upset. And it does make you feel kind of like a failure," Nick Weig said.

Weig, who also happens to be an employee of CBS2/FOX28 News, found out he had fertility issues. With the help of in vitro fertilization, Susie was born.

But UI researchers Keli Steuber and Andy High say, men like Nick who are willing to talk about infertility are rare.

"Men, from what we can tell, choose not to talk about infertility. Usually the wife is the gatekeeper for the marriage," Steuber said.

And that can make finding a solution difficult.

"Infertility has this myth of being a female problem and it's not," Steuber said.

Both men and women stand an equal chance of being the source of infertility, and both require a lot of support. High and Steuber's research shows that couple's expectations of help and the kind they receive need to match up -- or else things can get more stressful. They find people, especially woman, want emotional support. They'd prefer to take advice from their doctors, not their family and friends. 

"There's clear links that say, more support helps you cope better, and adhere to a medical regimen better than less support," High said.

Weig said, knowing their family was there for him and his wife made bringing in a new member in an unconventional way a lot easier.

"You're going to have that feeling of doubt and failure, but like I said, it's more than worth it," Weig said.
 
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