Infertility Support

What does that mean for me?

Infertility can touch all aspects of your life and can be preoccupying.  Many people ask themselves “How can I focus (or succeed) on/at anything else, when I can’t do this one thing my body is supposed to do?” Dealing with these complicated feelings effectively is individualized, depending greatly upon your own life experiences, personality, and previous coping styles. Many people lean on the support of family and friends, but sometimes more may be needed.  Engaging medical professionals, support groups, and mental health counselors or therapists can be helpful in managing the complex emotions that infertility and infertility treatments bring up.

What can I do?

For some, infertility treatment can trigger feelings of being out of control, depression, disappointment, and anxiety.  Here are some signs that counseling/therapy may be helpful.

  • persistent feelings of sadness, guilt, or worthlessness

  • social isolation

  • loss of interest in usual activities and relationships

  • depression

  • agitation and/or anxiety

  • mood swings

  • constant preoccupation with infertility

  • marital problems

  • difficulty with "scheduled" intercourse

  • difficulty concentrating and/or remembering

  • increased use of alcohol or drugs

  • a change in appetite, weight, or sleep patterns

  • thoughts about suicide or death

(ASRM, Reproductivefacts.org)

 

Ask your medical provider for referrals to mental health professionals.  Seek out books or articles that address fertility-related issues. Join a support group.  Reach out to a counselor/therapist. 

 

Infertility can be isolating, but you are not alone. We can help.