For couples undergoing in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, sex life can suffer, according to a new study and reportedly one of the first of its kind to examine sexual dynamics of couples navigating the quagmire of fertility treatments.
New research finds that for women undergoing IVF treatments, interest in sex suffers. ©Sean Prior/shutterstock.com
"Sex is for pleasure and for reproduction, but attention to pleasure often goes by the wayside for people struggling to conceive," said researcher Nicole Smith of Indiana University in the US. "With assisted reproductive technologies (ART), couples often report that they feel like a science experiment, as hormones are administered and sex has to be planned and timed." She adds: "It can become stressful and is often very unromantic and regimented; relationships are known to suffer during the process."
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