Infertility is too often a silent struggle for many men and women. Experiencing infertility can be traumatic for individuals and couples. It may even have you questioning the very reality you observe, or leave you feeling unable to handle things coming at you on a daily basis. Don’t allow fertility issues to rob you of your joy!
Infertility is undeniably more than a medical condition. Many individuals who experience fertility concerns also report mental health problems, likely due to the emotional strain associated with these kinds of concerns. We know you are struggling. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), one in seven couples have trouble becoming pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. What’s important to recognize is you are not alone.
Infertility treatments are very demanding physically, as well as draining mentally and emotionally. Artificial reproductive treatments, such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or Therapeutic Donor Insemination (TDI), can be emotionally overwhelming, uncomfortable and intimidating. At West Hartford Holistic Counseling, our experienced psychotherapists are here to help you throughout your fertility journey.
Some of the normal feelings associated with infertility, and the ability to sustain pregnancy, include:
- A sense of isolation
- Jealousy of others who can conceive easily
- Frustration with yourself, your partner and the process
- Low self-esteem
- A sense of loss of control
Increased awareness around infertility, and the struggles around pregnancy, points to the importance of counseling to help deal with the emotional stress. One of the reasons this is so challenging emotionally, as well as physically, is that the stress you’re experiencing causes your body to release specific hormones. These are typically adrenaline and cortisol, which can be just as disruptive to our minds, as they are to our bodies. Counseling can be an effective means for improving your ability to cope, reducing stress and promoting overall well-being.
Together, using cognitive behavioral therapy and other interventions, we can challenge the automatic thinking and negative feelings associated with infertility and pregnancy you are finding distressful. We will also explore the impact of communication between you and your partner, as well as the connection you share. All of this will happen in a supportive and nonjudgmental environment, where you can process your feelings and heal.
Moving forward, and to allow for long-term, positive change and personal growth, we will explore the connection between our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. A better understanding of these connections helps us to achieve total well-being, mind, body, and spirit.
While we do not know exactly what your future may hold, you can learn how to better prepare yourself for anything life may bring your way! Even if you are feeling stuck and hopeless right now, you can move forward.
We understand you are more than this medical diagnosis. Contact us today to learn how to cope with the emotional turmoil and to truly be able to improve your quality of life. We look forward to helping you, your partner and your family. We are here for you. Call today to learn how to strengthen relationships during this process, and fully embrace your journey.We are accepting new clients and will see you online in the comfort of your own home. We are here to support you in these trying and uncertain times and continuing to offer all of our services, through our secure online connection. Contact us today!