In many cultures, inability to conceive bears a stigma. In closed social groups, a degree of rejection (or a sense of being rejected by the couple) may cause considerable anxiety and disappointment.
Some respond by actively avoiding the issue altogether; middle-class men are the most likely to respond in this way.
There are legal ramifications as well. Infertility has begun to gain more exposure to legal domains.
An estimated 4 million workers in the U.S. used the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in 2004 to care for a child, parent or spouse, or because of their own personal illness.
Many treatments for infertility, including diagnostic tests, surgery and therapy for depression, can qualify one for FMLA leave.
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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2011