The constraining impact of infertility on women's leisure lifestyles

Diana C. Parry, Kimberly J. Shinew

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Research has focused on documenting the physiological causes and psychological consequences of infertility, while other issues such as the impact of infertility on a woman's leisure and quality of life have received little attention (Imeson and McMurray, 1996). Therefore, the purpose of this paper was to examine the constraining influence of infertility on a woman's leisure lifestyle. Through an analysis of the data, three ways the experience of infertility affected a woman's access to or enjoyment of leisure pursuits included: (1) the all-consuming experience of infertility resulted in women who had little or no leisure in their lives, (2) the changes in a woman's life as a result of seeking infertility treatment negatively impacted her leisure lifestyle, and (3) the women felt socially isolated as a result of infertility, which negatively influenced their leisure satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-308
Number of pages14
JournalLeisure Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • Constraint
  • Feminist epistemology
  • Infertility
  • Quality of life
  • Women's leisure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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