Misconception: Social Class and Infertility in America

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6
“So What Can You Do?”
Coping with Infertility

I’m at the point now where it’s like,
“Okay, I’m okay with if it doesn’t hap-
pen, I will be okay” because I don’t really
expect it to happen. Which in me, I have
always—I have learned like a long time
ago. I don’t really expect a lot of things.

—Carla, black woman of low SES

I am pretty type A so [medicine] was
something I could do. I could control
that, I could go, I could do this, I could,
you know, it was something I felt like
that I was doing to get closer to my goal
of getting pregnant.

—Stacy, white woman of high SES

The infertility journey does not end with the choice (or lack thereof) of a resolution. The resolution itself greatly shapes how a woman experiences infertility. In particular, the participants’ socioeconomic circumstances as well as whether or not they used medicine to resolve their infertility influenced how they coped with infertility and envisioned the future.

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