Running head: INFERTILITY: A LIFE-LONG GRIEF 1
Infertility: A Life-Long Grief
HSP 3310: Management of the Bereavement Process
A life-long grief
Infertility is a type of disenfranchised grief which is not recognized by others well. The other person might easily say that there are many alternative ways to get a baby such as adoption, sperm or oval donation. However the couple who go through infertility will be in the most tragedy situation which the others cannot understand well. Some cultures assume the infertility as a curse of gods or bad luck. The society may classify stereotypes of the infertility that came from thoughtless sexual behaviors or sexually transmitted disease such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, HIV/AID, HPV, syphilis, viral hepatitis, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis (NIH 2013). The negative perspectives about infertility lead the person to go through a disenfranchised grief more severely.
Infertility is defined as not conceiving a baby after 12 month of trying to have a baby without contraception. If women are over 35, the infertility is considered after 6 month the desire to conceive. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention represented that only 6% of the women experiences infertility. According to Lindsey & Driskill, they said that “one third of infertility problems can be attributed to male factors, and one third can be attributed to female factors with the remaining cases being attributed to both partners or may be considered unexplained infertility (Lindsey & Driskill 2013). The trend of infertility increases based on the numerous causes which are medical defects, environmental pollution, health, and lifestyle.
Male infertility is caused by no productivity of sperm, retrograde ejaculation, structural abnormalities, hormonal deficiencies, and genetic disorders (Singh et al., 2014). Female infertility is caused by premature ovarian failure,...