National Institutes of Health: Fertility and Infertility

Path 2 Parenthood —An inclusive website for all types of couples, contains easy-to-read factsheets on such topics as intrauterine insemination and Intracytoplasmic sperm injection; a good place to get an understanding of how complex this issue can be

Resolve —This is the go-to website for infertility information. If you only visit one website, visit Resolve.


"Financing Fertility Treatments," by Andy Bowden,, March 9, 2018

. . . Money isn’t the end of the challenge either. Fertility treatments aren’t guaranteed to work, and one round might not be enough. That choice to take that risk can be immensely stressful, both emotionally and financially.
— Andy Bowden

"Humor Softens the Tale of Infertility Battle," by Courtney Crowder, The Chicago Tribune, June 10, 2013 (About Holly Finn's book, The Baby Chase: An Adventure in Fertility.)

...It also helps lighten the story’s pervasive feeling of grief and struggle. In a series of telling chapters, Finn lays out the expenditures of her procedures, the strikingly low possibility that she will get pregnant and the daily regimen she must slog through. ‘Over the course of about eight weeks, there are some 30 shots, 130 pills, 30 hormone patches, 10 blood tests, and 10 ultrasounds,’ she writes.
— Courtney Crowder

"My Miraculous Conception,by Shawnee Barton, Slate, November 28, 2011 (Contains a slideshow which meaningfully depicts what it is like to go through an IVF cycle. Ms. Barton and her husband were extremely fortunate to succeed. Look at these slides, however, and imagine what it would be like to go through this experience and not succeed.) 

After three long years of trying and much consideration, we decided to spend some of the money we’d saved for a house down payment on in-vitro fertilization. We had no idea what to expect. In February 2010, I started documenting my first—and as it turned out, my only—IVF cycle, in hopes of sharing the process with other women battling infertility.
— Shawnee Barton

"We're All Stressed, but Misunderstanding Can Make It Worse," by Robert Sapolsky, The Los Angeles Times, August 26, 2012

The same problem pertains to a more benign example, namely infertility. For families trying to conceive, infertility is a huge stressor. Not only do they have to face the possibility that they’ll be denied one of the greatest potential sources of happiness in life, their lives are also turned upside down. Making love becomes an unsuccessful medical procedure; family gatherings become painful reminders of what isn’t happening. And the high-tech medical procedures to address infertility, such as in vitro fertilization, are expensive, grueling procedures with no guarantee of success. The final insult, though, is the advice that almost invariably comes — from a friend, a relative, even a doctor: “Remember, you must relax as much as possible — after all, stress can prevent pregnancy.
— Robert Sapolsky

"What I Learned from Fertility Treatment," by Heidi Krupp-Lisiten,, 6/9/2010

Somehow, somewhere I knew my dreams—although they haven’t come true just yet—will, when it’s time, in God’s time. The right time; not my time. That was the lesson: I cannot and could not control this.
— Heidi Krupp-Lisiten

"What IVF Feels Like, According to 12 Women Who Did It," by Carina Hsieh, Cosmopolitan, November 2, 2017

‘Isolation is the worst part. Everyone around you thinks it’s really no big deal, because it’s so commonplace. Unhelpful advice comes from all directions, especially from women who conceive easily. Meanwhile, you’re stabbing yourself with needles on the daily, hormones are raging, you’re getting emotionally attached to the idea of pregnancy, and you have no control, none, over what the future holds. It was terrifying for me.’ Tara, 45
— Carina Hsieh
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