Infertility Out in the Open

Despite its prevalence, infertility is still cloaked in shame and misinformation. But people who face fertility isssues are learning that it's okay to speak up, share their stories, and know that they're far from alone. Photo: Shutterstock


Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings. For some, romantic relationships are the most meaningful element in their lives, providing a source of fulfillment outside of ourselves. But the ability to have a healthy, loving relationship is not all innate.


About four million women will give birth in the U.S. this year. Pregnancy and its attendant hormonal changes have varying effects on moms-to-be and their mental health. And a wave of research on the importance of the fetal environment shows its long term impact on physical and psychological development.