Infertility

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For some, conception is smooth-sailing; but it can be quite unsettling when things do not go according to plan.  When you are having trouble getting pregnant or undergoing fertility treatments, it can feel as though nobody shares your experience.  You may be overcome with feelings of inadequacy and failure, loss of control, jealousy, anger, and general sadness.  More and more people are beginning to speak out about their struggles with infertility, reflecting the fact that 1 in 8 couples have trouble conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy.  If you are struggling to conceive, you are not alone. 

Study after study has indicated that infertility can affect people in all aspects of life.  Infertility increases a woman's chance of experiencing significant depression or anxiety, as well as relationship issues with partners, family, and friends.  Dealing with the mixed emotions of hope, uncertainty, and fear can be challenging when you are attempting to get pregnant and undergoing fertility treatments.  The emotional ups and downs are exhausting and it is critical that couples experiencing infertility find support and engage in self-care.

If you are struggling with infertility, therapy can provide a supportive and safe environment to express your thoughts, feelings, and struggles.  Counseling can assist you in learning coping strategies to manage stress, weighing options between treatments, surrogacy, and adoption, grieving for the future that you had envisioned, and finding resolution.  Your partner is encouraged to be a part of the counseling process as you both navigate the challenges and decisions associated with infertility.

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