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May 2, 1986

But Not Alone: The Grief of Infertility

Author Affiliations

Quincy Valley Medical Clinic Quincy, Wash

JAMA. 1986;255(17):2294. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370170057027

To the Editor.—  Nancy Bradney1 details the intense agonies and uncertainties experienced by infertile couples in facing the medical and psychological problems associated with treatment. She concludes that "there is no solution for living through infertility, only the solace of not being alone."As an infertile physician I could identify very strongly with Ms Bradney's description of the process. The hallmark of being infertile is isolation: the misunderstandings and insensitivity of friends, family, and the general public to this problem that cause the infertile couple to feel truly alone. However, all physicians should know that there exists a national support group for couples with problems of infertility. RESOLVE Inc is a national, nonprofit, charitable organization that offers counseling, referral, and support groups for infertility. The national group has many local associated chapters that often have support groups available to help infertile people work out their feelings and make their