Infertility is a medical condition much like other medical conditions – it affects all aspects of your life. It can create one of the most stressful life crises that an individual or couple has ever experienced and can affect your relationship with others, your perspective on life as well as how you feel about yourself. Feelings of grief, loss, guilt, shame, disappointment, anxiety, depression, isolation and dealing with the multitude of medical decisions and the uncertainties that infertility brings can create great emotional turmoil for most people.
And now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, that emotional turmoil is greater than ever. The pandemic is causing stress and depression in many people, and only adding to that anxiety in those dealing with infertility.
That’s why infertility counseling can help. There are many different reasons for seeking infertility counseling that can include the following: how to cope with the stress, anxiety, grief or depression, how to communicate with your partner/spouse, how to choose the right medical treatment, how to begin exploring other family building options, how to respond to friends and family who may or may not know about your infertility journey or how to manage the day to day emotional stresses related to infertility.
Here are some signs that infertility counseling would be helpful to you:
- Constant feelings of sadness, guilt or worthlessness
- Agitation and anxiety
- Increased mood swings
- Social isolation
- Loss of interest in usual activities and relationships
- Constant preoccupation with infertility
- Marital/partner discord
- Difficulty with concentration and memory
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- A change in appetite, weight or sleep patterns
- Thoughts about suicide or death
- Difficulty with scheduled intercourse
We are happy to refer our patients to infertility counselors. To learn more, visit our web site.