Facing infertility can be physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially draining. Couples exist in a state of alternating hope and agony as they navigate an uncertain path.
Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term after 12 months of trying or after 6 months of trying if you are age 35 and older.
Welcome to the world of infertility. Lots of talk about inability and your body’s failure to grow and develop a baby. The language around infertility in and of itself can be discouraging, shaming, and overwhelming.
Infertility affects about 10% of women and has numerous causes. Women concerned about infertility should schedule an appointment with their Ob/Gyn for proper evaluation and management.
Navigating infertility can feel like riding a never-ending roller coaster of emotional ups and downs. The anticipation, excitement, disappointment, anger, grief, rage, sadness, hope, joy, hopelessness, loss of control, and every other emotion under the sun you may experience are often physically and emotionally exhausting.
Emotional Symptoms of Infertility
- Loss of energy
- Difficulty sleeping/Insomnia
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty enjoying activities you used to enjoy
- Relationship difficulty
How Therapy can Help
- Dealing with feelings of grief and loss
- Expressing anger
- Keeping communication open with your partner
- Learning to give and receive support
- Learning mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques
- Practicing radical acceptance
- Clarifying and committing to your values
- Letting go of guilt and shame
- Talking through difficult decisions
If you would like space to explore and express your feelings about infertility, I would be honored to hold space for you and to work with you to achieve greater peace amid an extremely challenging emotional landscape.
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