Recognizing the stress of infertility
LESLIE R. SCHOVER, PhD
Dr. Schover, a staff psychologist in the Department, of Urology at the Cleveland Clinic, provides, psychological services for the infertility program.
Although infertility is often blamed on stress, the evidence that psychological factors interfere with conception is slim. Far more salient is the stress that infertility imposes on patients and their marriages. Primary care physicians can help by recognizing stress associated with infertility and making appropriate referrals for psychological support.