UPDATED: 8:16 am CST January 17, 2007
If Lora and Ryan Jacobson didn't want to spend holidays with you or see pictures of your children, don't take it personally. It's likely you didn't understand what they were going through.The Jacobsons had tried for a year to get pregnant on their own. When that didn't work, they turned to infertility treatments. The lack of success going that route led to Lora pulling away from many friends and family.
"Those relationships and those bridges will never be built the same way. They didn't mean to pull away, and I didn't mean to pull away, but I didn't want to be around those people talking about their kids," Lora said. "I realize a lot of burned bridges were my fault, but it was my only way of coping."
Couple Not Alone
Dr. Carol Kowalczyk of the Michigan Center For Fertility and Women's Health in Warren, Mich., said that fertility treatments for patients are becoming more common.
"Two things are happening: Couples are getting older and waiting to have kids when they are more established professionally, and with getting older, there is more exposure to medical (and) environmental factors that have an impact, as well as lifestyle habits," Kowalczyk said. "Depending on the age, infertility affects 1-in-4 to 1-in-6 couples.