Infertility can have a significant emotional impact on couples.
Worry, sadness, distress and anger are common feelings experienced by women who have fertility problems, a fertility treatment such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) can further increase emotional distress. Talking to a doctor, counselor or psychologist can be helpful in coping with these emotions and deciding what to do next.
Reactions to fertility problems:
Fertility problems can cause a mixture of many feelings. May feel: worry, pressure, confusion, disappointment, anger, stress, sadness, depression, grief.
When investigating why a woman is not getting pregnant, a diagnosis of a condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis or premature menopause may be made. Therefore, distress over the time it takes to become pregnant may be worsened by the stress and shock of a diagnosis, or the failure to find a cause.
Some women who have been diagnosed with a condition feel pressured to have children as soon as possible. This situation can be overwhelming and upsetting for women who: do not feel ready to have children, do not have a partner, have not been in a relationship for a long time, or are with a partner who does not want or is not ready to have children.
Other women may be ready to have children and are trying to conceive and experience feelings of frustration, hopelessness and depression if pregnancy does not occur as soon as they expected or naturally.
Talking to a doctor, counselor or psychologist can be helpful in coping with these emotions and deciding what to do next.
Fertility treatments and their emotions
Embarking on fertility treatment can provoke a variety of different emotions, including happiness and excitement, but also frustration, disappointment and sadness.
For women who decide to try fertility treatment, it is important that both you and your partner receive support during the process. This support (preferably before starting treatment) can help you: prepare for the emotional journey ahead, cope with any failed treatment or problems experienced, and develop strategies for coping with other people’s pregnancies/births.
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