A clinical diagnosis of infertility is defined as trying to conceive over a 12 month period without success. Approximately 35% of the time it’s a female problem and 35% it’s a male problem. The remaining 30% percent is either a problem related to both the male and female, or what is known as “unexplained infertility.” There can be lots of shame around this topic and a sense of failure so many choose not to talk about it with friends and family. Then they become isolated and that’s not good for their mental health. Along with the shame there is also anxiety, depression, and relationship challenges that are common with infertility.
My role as a therapist is to help my clients process all these emotions during this difficult time. The feeling of shame, hopelessness, grief and loss. The feeling of having to be asked by others when are you going to start a family. My role also is to assist you with resources and to encourage you to think about all of your options.
I am not a doctor, therefore, I always encourage my clients to speak to their doctor and their partner to determine what is best for them. But I remain as an extra source of strength and support. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started today! You don't have to face infertility alone, help is here!!!