Recognizing the Strain of Infertility

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Infertility is not just a physical challenge; it is a real emotional challenge as well.

Even those people who approach their infertility treatments with enthusiasm and determination often find that it can be hard to manage the emotions involved.

Take a moment to consider whether you are having some of these symptoms. If you find that you are, help is available.

Are you having:
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Hard time getting anything accomplished at home or at work
  • Hard time thinking of anything other than infertility
  • Irritability towards partner, family, friends or co-workers
  • Decreased interest in the things you like to do
  • Sleep changes; sleeping more, sleeping less or sleep isn’t as restful as usual
  • Appetite changes; maybe increased appetite or decreased interest in eating
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Over time, have you felt:
  • Loss of trust in your body
  • Loss of control over fertility and family planning
  • Anger that fertility is in the hands of others
  • Invisible and recurrent and unacknowledged losses
  • Reduced self esteem
  • Threat to personal security, control and faith
  • Questioning of femininity or masculinity
  • Questioning of sexual attractiveness and lowered sexual desire
  • Pessimism
  • Loss of the expectation that one controls their world
While these reactions are normal for those having infertility problems, they are also a piece of the infertility challenge that you can take charge of and improve.
Help is available. Through supportive services you can:
  • Prepare for your treatment and the potential outcome
  • Receive emotional support
  • Express difficult feelings in a non-judgmental atmosphere
  • Learn coping strategies
  • Learn new ways provide and receive emotional support from your partner
  • Discuss issues in a supportive environment as you make treatment choices
  • Receive support during times of loss or disappointment
Please consider speaking with your health care professional about the supportive services that are available.