(Closed) Infertile? You'll be a raging drunk soon, doncha know!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Yep. I’m going to drink my pain away because I can’t conceive.

Pff.

I understand the connection between someone that grows up in an abusive home, has a higher potential to become abusive themselves, but this just seems a little crazy.

 

And it kind of makes me mad. I wanna drink now. Where’s my friggen beer?  (kidding!) Wink

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

hmm… I really think that anyone who has gone through or is going through any type of trauma or not having life pan out the way they expected would be more likely to turn to alcohol or booze to cope. Of course they’d have a higher instance of these problems than somone who has had things go as plan!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I drink to CELEBRATE the fact I am infertile. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee

While I think the part concerning alcoholism makes sense, I’m not sure what to think about the rest.

But we need to be careful with studies in general. One study does not prove anything, we need more than that. You have no idea how many studies I’ve went through just to realize that the scientists wrote pure bullshit (I’m not saying this is the case here, just that we need to be careful… especially when it’s published on Yahoo)

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

I think maybe the link with other mental health issues comes from a number of things. Depression for example could be more likely due to the inability to conceive and societal pressure felt by the infertile person. A psychotic episode may also be more likely due to depression etc if they already suffered (or had the genes/whatever) to suffer from schizoprenia.

OCD/eating disorders may develop also because being infertility can make a sufferer feel like they have no control over their lives so they develop OCD/ED’s as a form of control.

It is not uncommon for men to also have these sort of issues due to infertility as well.

Post # 11
Bee
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I read this, this morning.

Depression amongst infertile women is very common. Does it lead to alcholism? No, I don’t believe it does.

Studies like this are interesting, but a little bit insulting. Infertile couples deal with their problems in very different ways; not always in negative ones, as hard as it can get.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Mrs. Jaguar:  I think it is like any study sensationalised by the media. They take the bits that will create a stir and focus on that.

It is probably very true that an infertile person is more likely to become an alcoholic compare to a non-infertile person within the parameters of this particular study. It is vastly more complicated than that. For example a person lower on the socio-economic scale who can’t afford expensive IVF treatments/adoption could be more likely to develop any of the issues described in the study as oppose to someone who could afford to solve the infertility in other ways (IVF/adoption).

It is like when a study on obesity or diabetes comes out that solely looks at health/exercise but doesn;t take into account anything that can fact into that (pre-exisiting health issues, socio-economic status, food security issues etc).

 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

@j_jaye:  Yup, you nailed it!

I know it’s only one study, but it’s like.. really? Kick us while we’re down, eh? 😉

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Mrs. Jaguar:  Yeap but society over all is pretty good at doing that to infertile couples or CBC’s. Just have to watch a TV show or an ad to see that!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@j_jaye:  Whenever someone tries to passive aggressively tease me about not having kids, I just think about all the money I have in the bank and all the vacations I’ll be able to take.  Makes me feel better immedietly 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

i guess it makes sense that things like an eating disorder or schizophrenia that can be exaserbated/tipped off by stress would be affected by something as stressful as dealing with infertility. I know I was extra depressed after I got diagnosed. I am a bit dubious about these kinds of correlational studies though.

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