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Fertility problems

WATCH: Could stressing about getting pregnant be the reason you’re not getting pregnant?

When you've been trying to conceive for a while, the sheer frustration and stress of it all can leave you feeling so utterly exhausted without any will to keep trying. But it also delays the release of reproductive hormones that tell your body when it's time to ovulate.

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"Infertility is a silent killer, just like cancer – it eats at your soul, as cancer eats at your body"

Talischa Towsen wrote in to tell us about her struggle with infertility after relating to another reader's letter. "It feels like I'm failing," she writes. "Months have turned into years."

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"Am I still a man? Men can have kids": A reader shares his heartbreaking struggle with secondary infertility

A reader wrote in anonymously to share his infertility struggle with us saying that, although he tries to be strong for his family, he often questions his worth. "Am I still a man? Men can have kids," he says. "What am I otherwise?"

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Gabrielle Union on her infertility and adenomyosis diagnosis

During a chat Wednesday at this year’s BlogHer conference in New York City, Gabrielle said a recent diagnosis could have been at the root cause of her infertility issues.

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A reader shares her infertility struggle: "It is beyond anything I have ever had to deal with and I have never felt more depleted and defeated"

A reader wrote in to tell us about her struggle with infertility and trying to fall pregnant saying, quite frankly, "this process destroys who you were and leaves you with nothing but sadness, jealousy and anger".

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"The infertility journey is hell – there is no sugar coating it"

Desperate to become a mom herself and waiting for her IVF appointment next month, one of our readers wrote to share her infertility story and all the emotions that come with the "long and lonely", and often hellish, journey.

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Male infertility, an open letter: "I had to make my peace with it but it hurts"

A reader wrote in, anonymously, highlighting that infertility doesn't just affect women. "A Tale of a Gun Loaded With Blanks" he calls his story, sharing how shattered he was after realising that he couldn't have children, even though he'd never really thought of having children of his own.

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"The guilt and anger, the praying and hoping... it's soul destroying" – a reader shares her struggle with infertility

After publishing a story last week explaining why South Africans are choosing to have fewer children, one of our readers wrote in saying that she and her partner, and many other couples, simply don't have the choice.

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"I never gave up hope" – How a car accident lead to a miracle pregnancy

A reader shared her 11-year struggle with infertility with Parent24. She shares her story, from the heartbreak to the one appointment that would change her life forever.

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“They told me, ‘You’re giving birth like a pig, like a guinea pig’” – A mom’s fight for justice

Hundreds of thousands of indigenous Peruvian women say they were forcibly sterilised as part of a state family planing programme.

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‘Never give up hope’: Sharks player Ross Geldenhuys and wife Madelein thought they'd never have kids – now tells of four 'miracles'

Sharks prop Ross Geldenhuys and his wife Madelein feel blessed to have four children - despite her having polycystic ovary syndrome.

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LONG READ: Infertility through the ages – and how IVF changed the way we think about it

The pain of infertility has not changed, even if modern technologies have.

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‘It made me feel less of a man knowing I may never be a dad’: the hidden trauma of male infertility

"It made me feel worthless that I couldn’t have kids." Men speak candidly about their feelings on – and personal experience with – infertility.

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When is the best time for you to have a baby? Well, your body says before 35

While you might have planned out exactly when you'd like to settle down, get pregnant and expand your family, your body might have alternate plans.

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What is an incompetent cervix? A mom shares her story

Geraldine Monaheng* shares her tragic story of living with the painful condition which almost left her childless.

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‘I thought I could never have kids because of endometriosis – until I stopped trying’

Rechelle Heldsinger couldn’t believe her ears when the doctor told her that she was pregnant.

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"Since having my last child, my body has become a mess"

"I felt like I was ugly, scarred, and completely broken."

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A letter to the children I’ll never have

"Know that I really wanted to see you all grow inside of me."

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A reader admits to struggling with infertility: "Most days are a battle for me and I hate this part about myself"

From the heartbreak of losing a baby to the jealousy of seeing others being able to conceive, a reader writes of her battle with infertility.

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How society puts pressure on women to have children

Have you been culturally shamed for not having children, or been the subject of gossip for not being able to fall pregnant?

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Fertility problems? No need for stress

Having a good relationship can help the process of fertility treatment be less stressful.

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Infertility and why SA should redefine disability

South Africa lacks a clear definition of disability – and its limited view of who should be regarded as having a disability in the labour market is at odds with international practice.

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Chrissy Teigen: "I'll be a surrogate for Kim Kardashian!"

After Kim mentioned she's considering surrogacy for her third pregnancy, Chrissy made this bold statement in a recent interview.

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Difficulty conceiving a second time

Getting pregnant after your first child may not always be that easy. Here's why.
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