Psychological Support/ Counseling
Infertility is a highly stressful medical condition. Infertility testing and treatments can be physically, emotionally and financially stressful for many infertile couples. In general, many people believe that if they work hard at something, they can achieve their goals. However, the reality of the infertility condition is that no matter how hard patients work to achieve a pregnancy, it may not be possible to have a baby. In fact, when couples are experiencing difficulty in becoming pregnant, the infertile couple feel hopeless and helpless, since they lose control over their bodies or of the goal of conceiving a child.
Even though infertility treatments are stressful, there is not any scientific proof that psychological stress causes infertility. Many couples undergoing infertility treatment experience as much stress as women who have other medical conditions, such as cancer or heart disease. Feelings of disappointment, frustration and self-inadequacy are experienced by many infertile couples every month if the female partner does not become pregnant.
Therefore, access to psychological and emotional support during the treatment process is an important aspect of adequate fertility care. Our center works with many mental health professionals in the community, who are experienced and understand the usual emotional reactions associated with fertility therapy. These specialized professionals can help the patient to develop healthy coping strategies, in order to face the personal stresses that may occur along the course of treatment. In addition, these mental health professionals could provide assistance with communicating the patient’s feelings to their partners, family members and friends.
Coping strategies when facing infertility:
- Formulate a medical treatment plan in which both you and your partner are comfortable with
- Learn as much as you can about the cause and treatment options about your infertility condition
- Find out about your insurance coverage and make a financial plan before starting treatment
- Constant communication between patient and partner
- Realize you are not alone. Talk to other people who have experienced infertility
- Seek professional individual or couple counseling
- Join support groups in the local community
- Learn stress reduction techniques such as meditation or yoga
- Avoid taking too much caffeine or other stimulants
- Exercise regularly to release physical and emotional tension