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Opening Up About Infertility & Miscarriage

Infertility and miscarriages cause suffering that no one expects to go through. It is hard to open up to others and can be considered a taboo subject. However, 1 in 8 couples experience infertility and up to 25 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. It is more common than we think and therefore should not be an unspoken topic.

Misconceptions of Infertility and Miscarriages

We must address the misconceptions of infertility and miscarriages that can make us feel embarrassed, ashamed, and not good enough. First, infertility and miscarriages are not at the fault of a woman or man and he or she is not causing these problems. Infertility and pregnancy loss are medical issues. Not character faults. Second, fertility is not only a problem for heterosexual couples. Third, birth control does not cause infertility and miscarriage. Lastly, miscarriages and infertility is not a punishment. Infertility is a disease that can be treated with NCCRM IVF and other methods.

Shame and Brokenness

You are not broken. Infertility and miscarriages are not under the direct control of a couple. Infertility and pregnancy loss are medical issues that can be treated with NCCRM IVF. Infertility is a disease just like type 1 diabetes and asthma that be treated. Infertility and miscarriage make you no less human, no less woman, and no less man. 

Break the Silence

One of the biggest reasons people do not talk about early miscarriage is because no one talks about early pregnancy. There seems to be an unwritten rule that you can’t tell people you’re pregnant until at least the second semester. If you don’t want to share the news of your early pregnancy, that is perfectly fine. People should respect that decision, but if you want to share, you should not be shamed and scared into silence. Sharing an early pregnancy does not raise your risk of experiencing a miscarriage. It is time to break the silence on infertility and miscarriage and stop feeling ashamed of medical problems we have little control over. Sharing your personal journey can help others that are suffering and educate others on coping mechanisms and treatments like NCCRM IVF.


The North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine/Talbert Fertility Institute is the premiere center for reproductive health in North Carolina and the East Coast. Our team specializes in fertility testing, diagnosis, and treatment of infertility conditions. We’re experts in IVF, Tubal Ligation Reversal, Male Infertility, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Gestation Surrogacy, Family Balancing, and more. Contact us today.

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