What Were They Thinking? Freud Meets Fertility. – Elie T.

As I have continued to read Get Me Out by Randi Hutter Epstein, I have questioned many things about what doctors thought was okay to do or how some handled situations. But something that stood out to be was how in 1941 a 35 year old women Sylvia has her adopted baby taken away from her because she was unfit for motherhood. She then went to see Dr. Edith Jacobson, who was more into patients with self-esteem problems and not mothering problems. They were the ones to psychoanalysis.

“The thinking was that repressed fears and hostility derailed brain chemistry. The commotion in the head disrupted hormones that in turn withered ovaries and clogged fallopian tubes.” (96)

My family and I always made awareness that you shouldn’t negative thoughts while you are pregnant or after your baby is born, but that is just us. I decided to look further into this to see what some truth there really is. I looked up causes of infertility and I noticed that some problems are not from your thoughts but from things around you, things that you do and things that happen to you (over/underweight, long-term chronic illness, and genetics).

Somethings about the psychoanalysis made me not really know what to think, some of it is really questionable to me and doesn’t feel right.

Pageant told readers about Betty, a tomboy who married a submissive man. She did not get pregnant-until, that is, they learned to play their normal roles in society. After the war, Betty’s husband returned home a man (more assertive) and insisted they adopt a child. The baby returned Betty into a real woman (she started to like housekeeping  and all things maternal), and sure enough, she became pregnant.”(103)

Another thing I was not very sure of was that depression lead to infertility, so I decided to look into if depression or if stress can lead infertility. From my findings I learned that infertility can lead to stress and sometimes depression but most likely the infertility is not because of depression or stress.

“The researchers did not say which came first, the depression/neuroses or the infertility, but it was assumed it was a brain-to-vagina route. A British study of 1,000 women suggested that stress can clog fallopian tubes.”(105)

This is the image of our reproductive organs.

After all the chapters I have read I have had many different thoughts and feelings towards things but overall I have enjoyed learning about how far we have come and how much we have learned about giving birth and pregnancy and I look forward to learning more about it all.

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  1. Elissa, one of the things I like most about your post is the personal connection to your family you included. It’s really interesting how ideas and beliefs can differ between families. Another thing that I found interesting was the way that scientists from the 20th century were actually backwards, stress and depression didn’t lead infertility, but really vice versa. – Kayla Z

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