A phenomenological analysis on infertility in Mexican women living in the United States of America

  • Janet Brito Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health
Keywords: Infertility, Mexican Women, Phenomenology, Qualitative Research


Infertility, or the inability to conceive, after 12 or more months of unprotected sexual intercourse (American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2008) affects women worldwide. The literature on the impact of infertility for Mexican women living in the U.S. is sparse. This phenomenological study examined the experiences of five Mexican women with infertility, ages 30-39, living in Queens, New York. Data collection comprised of conducting interviews in Spanish. Thematic results showed significant emotional distress, stigma, social, familial, and personal pressures to conceive, positive marital relations, body and sexual concerns, the use of spiritual coping approaches and natural solutions to infertility. Although the study is not meant to be generalizable, these findings serve to provide a cultural context of how Mexican women experience infertility.

Author Biography

Janet Brito, Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health

Janet Brito is an AASECT certified sex therapist who also has a license in clinical psychology and social work. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Minnesota Medical School, one of only a few university programs in the world dedicated to sexuality training. Currently, she’s based in Hawaii and is the founder of the Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health. Brito has been featured on many outlets, including Huffington Post, Thrive, Midweek Publiations, and Healthline. 


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How to Cite
Brito, J. (2018). A phenomenological analysis on infertility in Mexican women living in the United States of America. Revista Interamericana De Psicologia/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 52(1). https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v52i1.372