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…
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.
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.
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.