Protective Relational Factors of Lesbian Couples Navigating the Fertility Process

Meredith A. Rausch, Haley D. Wikoff

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Abstract

Little research about lesbian couples’ experiences with fertility treatment exists in the counseling literature. While there is an increase in lesbian couples exploring fertility options to expand their families, it is important to understand their experiences during this stressful process. This research seeks to understand these experiences using Moustakas’ Imaginative Variation method with seven lesbian couples. Results include feelings of isolation, psychological and physical stress. Despite myriad difficulties associated with assisted reproductive technology, participants’ experiences show the presence of strong relationship factors, divided into three categories: connectedness, mutuality, and resilience. The use of Relational Cultural Theory may be helpful to lesbian couples looking to expand their families through reproductive methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • assisted reproductive technology
  • counselor
  • Fertility
  • lesbian
  • qualitative research
  • relational cultural theory
  • relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)

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