Fertility Challenges

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Infertility is often stressful for both individuals and couples, and it can cause significant strain in relationships between partners.

Sometimes, these stresses can lead to symptoms of common mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. If this is the case for you, infertility counseling can be a helpful way to move through these challenges.


Prevalence of infertility

Infertility is a relatively common in the United States, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that about 12% of women ages 15 to 44 face challenges getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. Additionally, about 6% of married women in the same age range are unable to get pregnant after one year of trying.

Infertility affects men as well as women; the CDC also reports that in about 35% of couples with infertility, a male factor was identified as well as a female factor. In about 8% of such couples, only a male cause of infertility could be identified.

Several studies indicate that couples and individuals struggling with infertility commonly experience anxiety and depression in reaction to these challenges.

Other studies demonstrate that these mental health conditions do not necessarily cause infertility, but infertility and mental health symptoms seem nonetheless to be closely linked.

Symptoms that infertility counseling can treat

Infertility counselors are prepared to provide support around any number of challenges that might arise in relation to infertility.

Some of the most common symptoms they treat include:

Infertility counselors can help you at any point during your struggles with infertility; you don’t need to have a specific problem or symptom in order to seek support. That said, some of the most common scenarios include:

What to do if you’re experiencing infertility challenges

If you’re dealing with any of the challenges described here, consider exploring these options:

How to find an infertility counselor

Look for a therapist who has experience helping clients work through infertility challenges

Therapists differ in their approaches to infertility counseling, and you’ll want to make sure that your specific therapist has experience treating people who have faced challenges like yours.

Some common approaches to infertility counseling include aspects of the following:

Know what questions you need to ask potential therapists

These questions may prove helpful when interviewing potential therapists:

Prioritize personal fit

While personality fit is a nuanced factor, it is critical to your success in therapy. Multiple studies have revealed the importance of this factor, often referred to as “therapeutic alliance.”

On your initial phone call with the therapist, ask yourself:

Additionally, consider these factors:

Consider cost, location, and scheduling

Therapy will only work if it works for you. Before making an appointment, ask yourself honestly:

Find infertility counselors near you

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