Hope, Discouragement, Grief, Repeat
That's Why It's Normal to Get Counseling for Infertility
Infertility impacts your quality of life. You expected to get pregnant when you planned and each month it doesn't happen you feel disappointment and grieve the loss of what might have been. For some, those months turn into years, with treatment failure and pregnancy loss. Infertility feels like a roller coaster ride
of of hope and grief. Studies have proven it to be one of the most difficult life challenges a woman can face. If you have been trying to conceive for over 6 months it's time to talk to a fertility counselor. During an infertility counseling session we will explore the social, emotional, relational, physical and medical impact infertility is having on you. Research has shown that getting psychological support during treatment
can increase the likelihood that you will stay in treatment to achieve a
Infertility is not just a woman's problem.
Research has shown that the medical cause of infertility is about 1/3 male factor, 1/3 female factor and 1/3 a combination of both male and female issues. However, the emotional distress of infertility is 100% a couple's problem and communication and intimacy are top issues. As an infertility expert for over 7 years, I help couples work through emotional and relational stress using various therapeutic techniques.
Facts about Infertility
Infertile women are 2-3 times more likely to be
depressed and/or anxious.
- Women report feeling flawed, embarrassed, angry,
and guilty and are uncomfortable around pregnant women and babies.
- Among first timers in fertility clinic, 40% have
a psychiatric disorder with the most common being anxiety/depression. This is BEFORE they see physician.
- 67% of couples report that infertility may be
impacting their relationships.
- Unexplained infertility correlates to higher
level of distress.
Infertility Feelings May Not End After Baby is Home
Studies show that women are more likely to suffer from postpartum depression after going through IVF. It's likely that unresolved grief is part of the cause. Infertility is packed with loss and grieving normally follows loss. In order to achieve the goal of pregnancy, the grieving process may be postponed and surface after the baby is home. Talking about the loss and grief is healthy and part of the healing process. Schedule a counseling session with Jana to work through any unfinished business. She gets it!
A Note from Jana about Infertility Counseling
normal to need counseling support when you are going through
infertility. Research shows that infertility can be a major life crisis
and mental health support is a key part of the process."
If you have made the decision to use third party reproductive methods or are struggling to make the decision, you'll want to learn more about my sessions for third party counseling, egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation or gestational carriers. Consultation is available through Skype. I look
forward to working with you on your journey. Call 214-520-4141 or email me for an appointment via video consultation.