Infertility is perhaps one of the most stressful experiences a couple can go through. How you cope with this roller coaster of emotions depends very much on your personality and your situation since every person is different and every infertility issue is unique. For example, someone who is dealing with pregnancy loss may have different needs and coping strategies than someone going through their first IVF treatment cycle or undergoing treatment after child loss.
Coping with infertility always involves finding the strength within yourself and within your relationship to get through this challenging period. It also involves asking for help when you need it and learning as much as you can about your condition, the available infertility treatments, and the resources available to you.
While the medical focus may be on treating the physical causes of infertility, it’s equally important to take care of your emotional wellbeing.
Here are some important points to remember about the emotional side of infertility treatment:
- Frustration, guilt, grief, anxiety, anger and blame are all normal responses to the highs and lows of infertility treatment.
- Infertility is a problem for couples “ not just individuals. Never indulge in blame game.
- Because infertility is a very personal issue, you may feel reluctant to share your emotional experiences and may end up feeling isolated. Communication between you and your partner during this time is essential. In fact, many couples find that, by supporting each other through this process, they actually strengthen their relationships.
- Men and women react to infertility in different ways.
- There are varieties of fertility treatment options available “ including recent major treatment advances.
We are here to help you deal with the stress and emotions involved in resolving fertility problems.