While there are several studies exploring infertility and involuntary childlessness there is limited research that specifically explores the emotional impact of prolonged uncertainty as a result of unexplained infertility. There can often be a medical emphasis on exploring the reasons for unexplained infertility as opposed to any focus on how those living with unexplained infertility might be feeling and what support they might need.

This MA dissertation research aims to give participants an opportunity to speak about their experiences of living with unexplained infertility and to voice what they would like counsellors to be aware of when working with women who experience this.

I would like to recruit and interview three to five women who would be willing to share their experiences. The interviews will last approximately 60 minutes. They will take place via Teams and be audio-recorded. I am inviting each participant to explore their own personal experiences of living with unexplained infertility.

The research proposal has gone through the University of Chester ethical process. This requires participants to be anonymised and all data to be stored in a password protected form and destroyed once the research is completed. Whilst the work is for an MA dissertation, I would hope to publish some of the work so that it reaches a wider audience.

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be female and have experienced unexplained infertility for at least two years
  • Have experienced some infertility investigations that resulted in no diagnosable cause for your infertility
  • No longer be trying to conceive
  • Be in a place to reflect on your experiences of living with unexplained infertility
  • Be based in England or Wales and be fluent in written and spoken English.

If you would like to participate or you would like to find out more, please contact me at: Email: 1914339@chester.ac.uk

Jennie Kramer Postgraduate student, M.A. Clinical Counselling, University of Chester, supervised by Dr Amanda Sives
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