Many couples struggling with infertility are searching for the reasons why they are infertile, why the Church does not morally allow certain procedures, and what moral means they may take to conceive a child. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote on this issue in their letter Donum Vitae. They said:

“Sterile couples must not forget that “even when procreation is not possible, conjugal life does not for this reason lose its value. Physical sterility in fact can be for spouses the occasion for other important services to the life of the human person, for example, adoption, various forms of educational work, and assistance to other families and to poor or handicapped children”. Many researchers are engaged in the fight against sterility. While fully safeguarding the dignity of human procreation, some have achieved results which previously seemed unattainable. Scientists therefore are to be encouraged to continue their research with the aim of preventing the causes of sterility and of being able to remedy them so that sterile couples will be able to procreate in full respect for their own personal dignity and that of the child to be born.”

One promising avenue for treatment of infertility is NaPro. According to their website:

 “Unlike common suppressive or destructive approaches, NaPro technology works cooperatively with the procreative and gynecologic systems. When these systems function abnormally, NaPro technology identifies the problems and cooperates with the menstrual and fertility cycles that correct the condition, maintain the human ecology, and sustain the procreative potential.”

If you are considering in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to conceive a child, please visit our webpage describing the Church’s teachings on IVF.

Infertility Resources

From Scripture and the Catechism

“I sought the LORD, and he answered me, delivered me from all my fears. Look to him and be radiant, and your faces may not blush for shame.” —Psalm 34:5-6

“Nevertheless, whatever its cause or prognosis, sterility is certainly a difficult trial. The community of believers is called to shed light upon and support the suffering of those who are unable to fulfill their legitimate aspiration to motherhood and fatherhood. Spouses who find themselves in this sad situation are called to find in it an opportunity for sharing in a particular way in the Lord’s Cross, the source of spiritual fruitfulness.” —Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Donum Vitae – The Gift of Life, 1987