Dealing With Infertility
Deciding to have a baby is probably the biggest decision most women ever make. But when the pregnancy doesn't happen, the biggest excitement soon turns to be one of the biggest stressors. Facing the fact that you are infertile can be overwhelming. Whether it's your first pregnancy or your second or third child, being unable to conceive is devastating.
The medical progress in the field of infertility treatment has been tremendous over the past few decades. Women now have many options if they are unable to conceive. However, the physical and emotional affects of infertility can, in and of itself, actually make it even harder to get pregnant. The stress caused by merely "being infertile" can make it more difficult for a woman to relax and let nature take its course.
Counseling can benefit a woman and her partner in a number of different ways. Meeting with a therapist experienced in infertility can help a woman better understand the physical and medical aspects of treatment and help reduce anxiety. It can also benefit her by learning stress management skills and relaxation techniques to help improve the body's response to fertility treatment. Counseling can educate a woman on different holistic approaches to infertility and may provide better options than strictly medical treatment. Counseling can also provide a woman with new options and alternative viewpoints on having children. It can also help a woman gain acceptance and find resolution if she decides to not have a child.
Sharing your thoughts and fears with a therapist who's been through the same experience can be invaluable. Infertility can be difficult and complicated, but counseling can be of tremendous help during this very stressful time of life.