Fertility expert Dr Larisa Cora writes: If you’re struggling to have a baby and are finding it difficult to cope, you’re not alone. Research has shown that the psychological stress experienced by women with infertility is similar to that of women coping with long term illnesses such as cancer, HIV, and chronic pain.

Men are also at risk of anxiety, depression, experiencing physical aches and pains related to emotional distress, sexual dysfunction, and decreased self-esteem.

You may feel social pressure to have kids or feel judgment from well-meaning friends, family members, or even strangers. And then there’s the being told to “just relax” and it will all happen, which can be the most frustrating of all!

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