One in Eight: A Grounded Theory Analysis on Communication Surrounding Female Infertility



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This study presents a grounded theory analysis of semi-structured, in-depth interviews with 10 women who have experienced female factor infertility. The study sought to inquire about participants’ experiences related to emotional support during infertility. Five overarching themes were identified: concealing feelings, making unfavorable comparisons, feeling resentful, experiencing relational change, and desiring validation but receiving invalidation. Although past studies have indicated infertility is a dichotomous experience, connections were drawn in the current findings that indicate infertility is a cyclical process. Participants cycled through each of the five themes at some point in their infertility journeys, often experiencing each theme more than once at different times in their battle.



infertility, grounded theory, emotional support


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