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Infertility issues likely to lead to divorce, says new study

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(WJLA) - After a year of trying to get pregnant, Lauren and Suraj Shrestha turned to in vitro fertilization, or IVF. It worked – Lauren became pregnant with twins.

Their son Caden was born in January of 2012, and then the Shresthas tried to get pregnant again. Twice, they lost a baby at more than 20 weeks.

"You no longer have a baby and it's a hard thing to experience and it really separated me and my husband," explained Lauren.

"We had arguments every day>," added Suraj.

A new Danish study looks at how fertility issues impacted the relationships of 47,000 women over seven years. At the study’s conclusion, 57-percent of the women had a child, and 43-percent did not.

And the women who did not succeed in having a baby were three times more likely to divorce or split from their partner.

"It's an emotional roller coaster," said Dr. Stephen Greenhouse, a reproductive endocrinologist with Shady Grove Fertility. He adds that the findings are not surprising:

"I think in particular, infertility has been shown to be on par --unfortunately -- with someone passing away in someone's life in regards to the stress that it has."

Greenhouse says that infertility can result in feeling out of control, angry, guilty, and full of despair.

But despite their losses, the Shresthas say the process has actually solidified their marriage – and they have even started another round of treatment.

"It has shown us that we're stronger than we ever could have imagined," said Lauren.

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