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Psychology and infertility

Counselling for fertility patients

Most people have an expectation of becoming parents at some point in their lives. When the desired pregnancy does not happen, it can cause many difficult thoughts and feelings. Getting pregnant suddenly becomes a challenge, and it can be shocking to discover that being able to have children is not happening as we had expected.   

For most, this can be alleviated by starting fertility treatment. Today's treatments offer a good chance of success, but often require time and patience. Starting fertility treatment can often bring new hope, but we also know that for, many of our patients, it can lead to increased stress, loss of control and psychological strain.  

How each of us responds to stress is individual, and we all have different coping strategies that we use in difficult situations.   

In any case, there are many things to deal with when starting fertility treatment. You and your potential partner are likely to find yourselves under a lot of physical and psychological pressure, which can be very demanding.   

Infertility can be a life crisis  

Fertility treatment may end up being one of the most difficult periods of your life. When a positive pregnancy test is a long time coming, it is normal to experience emotions such as sadness, anger, jealousy and despair.   

Studies have shown that stress levels are particularly high around the time of egg collection and in the period after egg transfer when the pregnancy test is awaited. You may find yourself feeling extra stressed, pressured, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed.   

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