When Sarah on SBTB posted this question, I right away thought, "I wonder if there's any romance novels where the heroine has accepted and may even be happy to be infertile?" I wondered if any woman was brave enough to write from that POV. (And yeah, this is another one you're welcome to blog if you find yourself with Bloggers Block.)My gut response is....probably not. The romance genre has come a long way in oh, the last 30 years or so - but it's still a fairly conservative genre in some regards. Husbands and babies = good. Also, in many cases, people discover they have infertility issues after they've coupled up with someone and made the decision to "start a family." Then finding out that getting pregnant will be very difficult is sort of like running nude through the Arctic Circle and skinny-dipping with polar bears.
But you know what? I don't know everything. I'm not widely read in single-title contemporaries and my paranormal burn-out has kept me away from that sub-genre. I also read a number of historicals, and given the time periods - accepting infertility would be much, much harder for women. Infertility in historicals tends to equal major issue and conflict.
So....I'm tossing this out there. Just for general discussion, blog fodder, and maybe for potential writing inspiration for any authors. Anyone know of a romance where the heroine is infertile and has come to "accept it." Where it's not necessarily a major issue, or a driving force in the conflict of the story? Fire away!