A1 Journal article (refereed)
Infertility as a lonely struggle? : Coping stories of previously infertile women (2023)

Lehto, S., Sevón, E., Laakso, M.-L., & Rönkä, A. (2023). Infertility as a lonely struggle? : Coping stories of previously infertile women. Health Care for Women International, 44(4), 397-417. https://doi.org/10.1080/07399332.2021.2007246

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editorsLehto, Siru; Sevón, Eija; Laakso, Marja-Leena; Rönkä, Anna

Journal or seriesHealth Care for Women International



Publication year2023

Publication date22/12/2021


Issue number4

Pages range397-417

PublisherTaylor & Francis

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessNot open

Publication channel open access

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79322


In this narrative study, we explored the meaning infertile women attribute to social support in coping with their infertility-related challenges. Written accounts and episodic interviews with 26 previously infertile Finnish women were used as data. Two different coping story types emerged: coping alone and coping with support. In the coping alone type women neither sought nor received support. Their coping appeared as a lonely struggle. In the coping with stories, women turned to their spouses, peers, or professionals, but still emphasized that they would have needed more support. Based on our findings, we underline the need for individually tailored support.

Keywordschildlessnessinfertilityinfertility treatmentcopingsocial supportmaternitynarrative analysis

Free keywordscoping; fertility treatments; infertility; motherhood; narrative study; social support

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2023

Preliminary JUFO rating1

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