For many couples, getting pregnant is not easy. Although not frequently talked about in social circles, fertility troubles are very common and can have negative emotional implications. 

Fertility issues are more common than you may think…

According to the CDC, 6.7 million or 10.9 % of women age 15-44 in the United States have impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term. That means that about 1 in every 10 women may experience problems when trying to conceive.
Infertility is not just a woman’s issues either. The CDC found that 7.5% of all sexually experienced men younger than age 45 reported seeing a fertility doctor during their lifetime.
The implications…

Whatever the cause, the effects of infertility in men and women can be detrimental to a person’s health. The journey to navigate infertility is difficult and often includes a tight schedule of tests and treatments, counting days on ovulation calendars, and putting many important things on hold.
In addition, many couples experience emotional responses to prolonged problems with infertility. These responses can include, but are not limited to, frustration, shame, anger, sadness, jealousy, diminishing self-confidence and blame. Often times this can lead to strained relationships and friendships as well as severe depression.

What to do if you are experiencing fertility troubles…

When going through an infertility struggle, taking care of your emotional health should be a priority. Although society as a whole does not tend to recognize the grief associated with this struggle, it is important to make sure shame and isolation do not overtake you.
One effective way to prevent against this is via talk therapy or psychotherapy. Forget about the stigma sometimes associated with therapy and recognize the amazing benefits it can have for you and your relationship. 
Bringing to light and discussing the emotional challenges you are experiencing in a healthy environment will help reduce stress and allow for connection. Navigating your emotions will dispel confusion and the feeling of being overwhelmed. Visiting a counselor early in the process will also help prevent you from getting to a place of crisis. 
If you are going through an infertility struggle, know that you are not alone. There is help available not just for the physical aspects of infertility but also for the emotional aspects of the struggle. The Center for the Healing Arts and Sciences provides emotional support via talk therapy and grief counseling. Request your session today.
There are also many encouraging online blogs provide insight and help for couples traversing this journey.  Click here for a link to a few helpful blogs.