In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a medical procedure in which an egg is fertilized outside of the body and implanted in the hopes of achieving a viable pregnancy. Many couples attempt to conceive a child for years naturally and with the help of other fertility treatments before finally trying in vitro fertilization. Both the concern over infertility and the procedure itself can be extremely stressful. In addition to the uncertainty regarding their ability to have children, couples who undergo IVF cannot know for sure that a viable embryo will result from the procedure. The procedure and the waiting process can be extremely difficult on a marriage, but a recent study suggests that such fertility treatments do not increase your chances of getting a divorce.
Previous Findings Regarding IVF and Divorce Debunked
The idea that fertility treatments lead to a much greater chance of divorce was first proposed in the Danish medical journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavia in 2014. New research, however, shows that fertility treatments do not lead to higher divorce rates, as was previously thought. The new study shows that while struggling with infertility does lead to psychological strain, this does not coincide with an increase in divorce.
Researcher Dr. Mariana Martins, a faculty member at the University of Porto in Portugal, led a team that studied nearly 43,000 Danish women who were undergoing fertility treatments. They followed the subjects for a period of 16 years. These women were compared to a control group of women who were not undergoing IVF treatment. The study showed that there was no major difference between the two groups in terms of divorce. Both the women who received IVF treatment and the women who did not receive IVF treatment were equally as likely to divorce their spouse in the future.
Stress May Be Good For Relationships
The researchers also found that going through the process of infertility can actually bring a couple closer together. “We also know that despite all the strain that this infertility can bring, going through [fertility treatments] can actually bring benefit to a couple’s relationship, because it forces them to improve communication and coping strategies,” Dr. Martins said.
While this study shows there is no direct link between infertility and divorce, many couples do face stressful circumstances that their marriage cannot withstand. It is still true that thousands of marriages each year end in divorce. If you are considering divorcing your spouse, you need an attorney who is knowledgeable and capable. Contact an experienced Kane County divorce lawyer for guidance with your situation. Call 630-377-7770 for a free consultation at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C. today.