Infertility's Global Stigma


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Infertility affects million of women and men around the world, but cultural stigma has kept it in the shadows. Cristen and Caroline talk about the causes of male and female infertility, its psychological impact and why it's often a biological battle waged in silence.

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Topics in this Podcast: pregnancy, health, stigma, birth, children, families, fathers, mothers