Fertility / Infertility
According to the World Health Organization, infertility or issues associated with fertility affect 1 in 6 of those who are trying to conceive. It is a complex and emotionally challenging experience that affects individuals and couples worldwide and it’s essential to recognize the profound impact infertility can have on mental health and the importance of addressing these challenges through counseling.
Infertility is more common than many people realize, affecting approximately 10-15% of couples worldwide, and is a widespread reproductive health issue that can occur in both men and women, making it that much more important to break down cultural and social stigmas perpetuating that fertility issues should not be spoken about. It not only affects mental health but also takes a toll on careers, friendships, families, and finances, among many other areas.
Acknowledging the prevalence of fertility issues highlights the need for accessible mental health support for those experiencing this challenge. With that, infertility often brings forth a range of complex emotions, including grief, loss, sadness, frustration, guilt, and anxiety. The distress associated with infertility can impact various aspects of individuals' lives, including their self-esteem, relationships, and overall well-being.
The process of trying to conceive, fertility treatments, and the uncertainty surrounding the outcome can lead to significant psychological stress and anxiety. The continuous cycle of hope, disappointment, and medical interventions can take a toll on mental health. Jeni Mose and our team of therapists at Sunglow Counseling provide a supportive space to process these emotions, develop coping strategies, and reduce stress levels associated with infertility.
Issues associated with fertility can strain relationships and create additional emotional burdens for couples, often involving difficult decisions regarding treatment and family-building options. The shared experience of infertility may lead to feelings of blame, resentment, or isolation. Couples counseling offers a valuable opportunity for partners to communicate openly, navigate emotional challenges together, and strengthen their relationship while working towards their family-building goals. Individuals and families can work towards healing, fostering a positive mindset, and regaining a sense of control over their lives, regardless of the outcomes of their fertility journey.