If you’ve ever struggled with infertility, I’m sure you’ve heard, “Just relax and you’ll get pregnant!” or “You’re too stressed!” While stress can certainly exacerbate the situation when suffering from infertility, there is no known research to say that stress can cause infertility.
We all know of a couple or family going through infertility struggles, and we might even be going through these struggles ourselves. One thing people generally don’t talk about when it comes to infertility is couples counseling. The stress, anxiety, depression, guilt, and anger are all things that are common when experiencing infertility. These can make it difficult to love yourself and your partner and be a strong support system during the utmost important time.
We encourage individuals and couples to seek counseling early on in their struggles. This way expectations and disappointments can be dealt with together with the help of a professional. You are likely juggling so many things from communicating with your spouse, a full-time job, social obligations with friends a family. All the while dealing with your own stress and anxiety when it comes to trying to conceive.
Having a counselor during this time can also be really beneficial in helping each person to be able to communicate what the process has been like for them. Since it is common for couples to experience the frustrations of infertility differently, a counselor can help give tools for better communication and help explain what has led each partner to experience what they are experiencing.
If you are in the Phoenix area and are interested in Infertility Counseling, please call us at (480) 999-7070.
Infertility is something that impacts so many women and couples, but yet it continues to be tip-toed around. Often those involved do not want to talk about it with family and friends in fear of seeing the pity in their eyes. And the misconception that if you just “stress less” you’ll be able to get pregnant can be maddening to anyone.
When you are dealing with the pain of infertility, or a tragedy like the loss of an infant, we encourage you to reach out to a local support group, confide in close friends or family, or seek the help from an infertility counselor. No one should have to go through something like this alone.