According to recent statistics infertility affects about 10% of the US population.
Infertility refers to a condition whereby either a man or a woman is unable to produce a child. Infertility is a complex medical conditional that can bring about a multitude of psychological issues. It can be acute, following unexpected news or more open ended and chronic with no closure and many ups and downs. Like with any loss, infertility can bring up unresolved emotional issues from the past.
The couple may feel anger, sadness, frustration, or guilt. Infertility can trigger feelings of jealously, envy and may cause couples to isolate themselves. Marital, family and social relationships may be impacted as well. One of the most troubling aspects is the loss of control couples may experience. It is vital that couples receive support and empowerment to decrease anxiety and increase hope.
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If you are considering fertility treatment, surrogacy or adoption, therapy can help. It offers a safe space for you to share emotions, explore options, and plan next steps. If you are considering fertility treatment, surrogacy or adoption, therapy can help. It offers a safe space for you to share emotions, explore options, and plan next steps. And whether you bring your baby home through fertility treatment or surrogacy or adoption, therapy can help you explore how you want to share this with others, and later, tell your child their story.