100 Inspiring Infertility Quotes

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For many women, getting pregnant does not come easily. And for a woman who is struggling to conceive, traveling that path can be a lonely one filled with heartache, frustration and lots of tears.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infertility is a common problem that affects approximately 6% of women between the ages 15 to 44 and 12% of women in that same age group have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. That’s an estimated 6.1 million women in the United States who struggle with infertility.

If you are struggling with trying to conceive, we hope that these quotes about infertility will bring you some comfort as you hold tight to your dreams of being a parent. This list of infertility quotes includes inspiring words to encourage you along the way, phrases to uplift you when you are struggling to conceive, thoughts from celebrities who have experienced infertility themselves and Bible verses to bring you comfort.

We hope that these infertility quotes bring you some comfort and hope during what can sometimes be a very challenging journey.

Encouraging infertility quotes

1. “A strong woman looks a challenge dead in the eye and gives it a wink.” — Gina Carey

2. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” — Suzy Kassem

3. “The most alluring thing a woman can have is confidence.” —Beyoncé

4. “I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it.” — Mila Bron

5. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” — Nora Ephron

6. “Sometimes the struggle is what makes success even sweeter.” — Anonymous

7. “Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.” — Stephanie Bennett-Henry

8. “What feels like the end is often the beginning.” — Anonymous

9. “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” — Margaret Thatcher

10. “Just keep swimming.” — Dory, Finding Nemo

11. “A little progress each day adds up to big results.” — Anonymous

12. “Sometimes, struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

13. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius

14. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” — Nelson Mandela

15. “Don’t compare your struggles to anyone else’s. Don’t get discouraged by the success of others. Make your own path and never give up.” — MJ Korvan

16. “She is brave and strong and broken all at once.” — Anna Funder

17. “The greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow.” — Anonymous

18, “What if infertility isn’t a war but an awakening? What if it’s not about death but about a renaissance?” — Rekha Ramcharan, Manifesting Motherness: Healing From Infertility

19. “And you begin again and sometimes you lose, sometimes you win, but you begin again. Even though your heart is breaking, in time the sun will shine and you will begin again.” — Barry Manilow, “You Begin Again”

20. “The strongest women become the strongest mothers before their children are even conceived.” — Anonymous

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21. “Your worth is not determined by your fertility.” — Anonymous

22. “Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” — Shel Silverstein

23. “Be strong because things will get better. It may be stormy now, but it never rains forever.” — Anonymous

Hopeful infertility quotes

24. “Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart.” — Roy Bennett

25. “When the world says, ‘give up,’ hope whispers, ‘try one more time.’” — Anonymous

26. “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” — Robert Ludlum

27. “Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.” — Robert H. Schuller

28. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” — Dale Carnegie

29. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it.” — Anonymous

30. “Hope itself is like a star—not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.” — Charles H. Spurgeon

31. “Hope is a​n embrace of the unknown​.” — Rebecca Solnit

32. “Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.” — E.B. White

33. “And sometimes against all odds, against all logic, we still hope.” — Anonymous

34. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” — Desmond Tutu

35. “It is because of hope that you suffer. It is through hope that you’ll change things.” — Maxime Lagacé

36. “Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do.” — Anonymous

37. “It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.” — Anonymous

38. “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says, ‘I’ll try again tomorrow.’” — Mary Anne Radmacher

39. “The longer you wait for something, the more you’ll appreciate it when you get it. Because anything worth having is definitely worth waiting for.” — Anonymous

40. “Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops… at all.” — Emily Dickinson

Infertility quotes about wanting a baby

41. “Even miracles take a little time.” — Fairy Godmother, Cinderella

42. “There is purpose in your season of waiting.” — Megan Smalley

43. “As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens on its own.” — Denis Waitley

44. “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

45. “Creating a family in this turbulent world is an act of faith, a wager that against all odds there will be a future, that love can last, that the heart can triumph against all adversities and even against the grinding wheel of time.” — Dean Koontz, From the Corner of His Eye

46. “Parenting begins the moment you may any conscious effort to care for your own health in preparation for enhancing your child's conception.” — Carista Luminare-Rosen

47. “It’s hard to wait around for something you know might never happen; It’s even hard to give up when you know it’s everything you want.” — Anonymous

48. “Whatever the struggle, continue the climb. It may be only one step to the summit.” — Diane Westlake

49. “I’m not telling you it's going to be easy, I’m telling you it's going to be worth it.” —Anonymous

50. “Making the decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” — Elizabeth Stone

51. “Don’t expect everyone to understand your journey, especially if they’ve never had to walk your path.” — Anonymous

52. “Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.” — Wilma Rudolph

53. “We must let go of the life that we planned so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

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Struggling to conceive infertility quotes

54. “For those who deeply want children and are denied them, those missing babies hover like silent ephemeral shadows over their lives. Who can describe the feel of a tiny hand that is never held?” — Laura Bush, Spoken From The Heart

55. “It is one thing, I was discovering, to think, “Maybe I won’t have kids” and quite another to be told, “Maybe you can’t.” This is how impatience turns to desperation.” — Peggy Orenstein, Waiting For a Daisy

56. “They don’t get the particular nature of this grief, how it’s less about the loss of a potential child than it is about the endless possibility that there may yet be an actual child.” — Alexandra Kimball, The Seed: Infertility is a Feminist Issue

57. “Women often endure infertility, pregnancy, infant loss, miscarriages and stillbirths in isolation, because while sadness is a socially palatable response to these often life-altering events, rage, frustration, jealousy and guilt are not.” — Soraya Chemaly, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger

58. “The world was selfish, unjust. How could so many undeserving people be given the opportunity to raise children they didn’t even want while so many worthy individuals didn’t get the chance?” — Brittainy C. Cherry, Disgrace

59. “The struggle is part of the story.” — Anonymous

60. “Is there anyone dearer than the children of people you love, especially when you don’t have your own?” — Lisa Unger, Under My Skin

61. “Sometimes it’s hard to see the rainbow when there’s been endless days of rain.” — Christina Greer, Two-Week Wait: Motherhood Lost and Found

62. “I will not let the stress of infertility overtake my life.” — Anonymous

63. “I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” — Alex Elle

64. “You were given this mountain to show others it can be moved.” — Anonymous

65. “There’s a unique pain that comes from preparing a place in your heart for a child that never comes.” — David Platt

66. “Infertility often comes with grief and loss. You have to let go of the vision of how long the journey will be and learn to flow and become stronger through the process.” — Halle Tecco

67. “We all slip somewhere near in space, but almost never cross paths. It is a beautiful, well-groomed woman standing at the counter and selling jewelry to you. It is a girl running a flower stall. It is your neighbor who greets you daily in the lift. It is a woman who works with you in an office. It is your French teacher. It is an Instagram girl who moved to live by the sea. It is the girl who sat next to you in the underground. It is a woman who just walked past you on the street. It is a relative with whom you haven't been speaking for ten years. These infertile women are among us. This woman is me.” — Karina Savaryna, Not Pregnant

68. “Infertility is a loss. It's the loss of a dream. It's the loss of an assumed future. And like every loss, it will be grieved.” — Unknown

Celebrity quotes about infertility

69. “For everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love." — Anne Hathaway

70. “What starts out as a dream becomes a project that’s all-consuming—everywhere you look, women are pregnant and every song on the radio seems like it’s all about being pregnant! It becomes a very frustrating, frightening place.” — Brooke Shields, Down Came the Rain

71. “Anyone that’s been in the place of wanting another child or wanting a child knows the disappointment, the pain and the loss that you go through trying and struggling with fertility.” — Nicole Kidman

72. “Getting pregnant wasn't easy and I found that devastating. I really beat myself up for waiting so long when I’d always wanted children and family had been the basis of my happiness my whole life.” — Emily Procter

73. “There are definitely times when I walked out [of the doctor’s office] hysterically crying, and other times when I was like, ‘OK, everything’s looking good—it’s going to be this month!’ The waiting and waiting has been a roller coaster.” — Kim Kardashian

74. “After going through a lot of procedures and spending a lot of money, the doctor said, ‘Look, based on what we’re seeing here, I just don’t think this is going to happen for you.’ The hardest part is I really love my husband—he’s such a good person and he would be such a great father. But we just decided it wasn’t worth it to go through that and so we decided to stop. It was better to not go through that torture.” — Aisha Tyler

75. “I got some bad news today and didn't have anyone to share it with... but I guess I gotta tell someone. To all the women out there struggling with fertility, I feel ya. The universe works in mysterious ways and sometimes it all doesn’t make sense... but I hope there’s light about to shine through all the dark clouds.” — Rebel Wilson

76. “It was a womb issue for me. Embryos wouldn’t implant. [Surrogacy is] a big leap, inviting this person into your life to do this amazing, important thing for you. And it’s hard losing that kind of control. But our surrogate is so extraordinary and she’s still in our lives. She’s like an auntie.” — Elizabeth Banks

77. “John and I were having trouble. We would have kids five, six years ago if it had happened, but my gosh, it’s been a process! We’ve seen fertility doctors and then once you open up about all those things to other people, you start learning that a lot of other people in your life are seeing these people and they have this shame about it.” — Chrissy Teigen

78. “We tried to have another child, it didn’t work and I went into a deep clinical depression. It’s only now that I no longer count other people’s children or judge myself harshly for not providing my daughter with a sibling.” — Emma Thompson

79. “After trying and trying, I, unfortunately, couldn’t have my babies. It was my reality. I heard about the surrogate option and it worked out beautifully.” — Angela Bassett

80. “For so many women and not just women in the spotlight, people feel very entitled to know, ‘Do you want kids?’ A lot of people, especially people that have fertility issues, just say ‘no’ because that's a lot easier than being honest about whatever is actually going on. People mean so well, but they have no idea the harm or frustration it can cause.” — Gabrielle Union

81. “[We] tried and tried and tried and tried and tried to get pregnant, but it just was not [meant] to be the conventional way. Meeting your children [through surrogacy] rather than giving birth to them, it’s suspended animation. The gestational experience is gone. It’s as if everything else disappears for a moment and the world goes silent.” — Sarah Jessica Parker

82. “I know people have tried much longer [than we have], but if there’s anyone out there who is trying and they’re just losing hope… just hang in there. Try every avenue. Try anything you can do, ‘cause you’ll get there. You’ll end up with a family and it’s so worth it.” — Jimmy Fallon

83. “I’ve had some not happy moments with [IVF], very traumatic moments. [Getting pregnant is] difficult as you get older. It’s not something that can just happen.” — Tyra Banks

84. "Infertility is this huge emotional roller coaster. If you want in your heart more than anything to have a baby, it's the hardest thing you will ever go through physically, emotionally and financially.” — Cindy Margolis

Quotes about the heartbreak of infertility

85. “It’s frustrating to watch everyone else’s dreams come true while knowing your own are slipping farther and farther away from becoming reality.” — Anonymous

86. “There is nothing more disappointing than feeling ready and then looking down at a negative pregnancy test.” — Anonymous

87. “Shout out to all of us fighting a battle most people don’t understand. Keep hanging in there.” — Anonymous

88. “It starts to hurt the most when you have to start pretending it doesn’t.” — Anonymous

89. “Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to. It’s not for them.” — Anonymous

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Infertility quotes from the bible

90. Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. — Genesis 25:21

91. It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep His promise. — Hebrews 11:11

92. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. — James 1:17 NIV

93. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. — Romans 12:12

94. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. — Psalm 37:5

95. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6

96. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. — Philippians 4:13

97. Never stop praying. — 1 Thessalonians 5:17

98. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. — Proverbs 16:9

99. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord! — Psalm 113:9

100. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God. — Luke 1:36

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