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1 in 8 couples struggle with infertility

Posted: 10:58 AM, Apr 27, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-27 17:32:43Z

"When are you going to have kids?"

After a few years of marriage, most couples will inevitably get asked about their family plans.  

For women like Sarah Lamagna, struggling with infertility, the answer is complicated.

"I took it really personally when I first started going through this, but having more awareness about infertility, maybe will help people think twice before asking that question," Lamagna said.

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week.  

The CDC reports 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting or staying pregnant. Lamagna and her husband spent two years trying to conceive.  

She went through a series of tests and treatments before being diagnosed with "unexplained infertility."

Events like baby showers are difficult for her.  Even seeing a pregnant woman can be painful.  

"When a woman is pregnant or they’re about to have a child, you don’t want to take away from their happiness because of something that you aren’t physically able to do," Lamagna says. "My only way of really being able to rectify that is to be so open about it."

As she opened up about her struggle, Lamagna says other women came forward with similar stories.

She blogs about her experience at mountainstomotherhood.com .  The mountains are a reference to her love of hiking, which she says is her way of  enjoying life, and focusing on something besides infertility. Lamagna also raises money for the national infertility, non-profit " Resolve ."

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