Infertility’s Impact on Women’s Mental Health
Infertility is a condition that refers to an inability to become pregnant. Or, to take a baby to term after one year of trying. This is a heartbreaking reality for many women across the globe. In fact, it is estimated that in the United States alone, roughly 6 million women suffer from infertility, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What Causes Infertility?
A variety of health issues can cause infertility. The most common is Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This is a hormonal disorder that negatively impacts ovulation.
Other disorders that cause infertility in women are:
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Blocked fallopian tubes
- Uterus deformities or abnormalities
And finally, one of the primary reasons for infertility is a woman’s age. Almost one-third of all women over the age of 35 experience fertility issues.
Infertility and a Woman’s Mental Health
Infertility is a very stressful issue to deal with and it can have major impacts on a woman’s mental health. Research published by the North Carolina Medical Journal found that common mental health concerns of fertility patients are symptoms of depression and anxiety. Patients often report that each month’s cycle becomes a tumultuous storm of emotions ranging from anger, sadness, fear, and guilt. And the more demanding and intrusive the fertility treatment protocols become, the greater the emotions felt. Much focus is given to the physical aspects of not being able to conceive. But it is important for women to recognize that their mental health may be affected and to get help. This may be done by talking with a trusted friend or seeking a trained infertility therapist.
How We Support Women in Infertility Counseling
The most important aspect in treating clients for infertility is creating a gentle and safe environment. By doing so, a client can experience unconditional positive regard. Women struggling with infertility are not only overwhelmed and emotionally tired. They are also very sensitive to the casual “brushing off” from people and society around them about infertility. A skilled infertility therapist will meet her where she is with comfort, care, and empathy.
Infertility counseling works in conjunction with the medical component of infertility care. As women continue with various treatments, a whole host of “ups and downs” follow. An infertility therapist will tailor treatment around the client’s experience with her doctors, tests, and procedures. Through therapy, women will have an ally who will help them process and understand their emotions.
It is important to recognize that you don’t have to do this alone.
Your partner, family, and friends may be doing all they can to support you. Infertility touches on so many issues related to identity. Due to this, you may benefit greatly from the help of a seasoned infertility therapist. A specialist will help you work through your specific issues. Together, you will look deeper into your inner thoughts around identity, womanhood, and family.
Have you or someone you know been suffering from anxiety or depression because of infertility issues? If so, please feel free to reach out to us today. We have therapists on staff who specialize in infertility problems and pregnancy issues. We would be happy to discuss treatment options with you, so call today!
Begin Infertility Counseling in Atlanta, GA
- Contact North Atlanta Psychotherapy
- Meet with a caring therapist
- Begin receiving the support you deserve!
Other Services Offered with North Atlanta Psychotherapy
Infertility counseling isn’t the only service our team of therapists offers. We are also happy to also offer depression therapy, anxiety therapy, play therapy, trauma therapy, and grief counseling. We also provide support for men, couples, teens, and children. Feel free to also learn more about how we can support those with bipolar disorder, postpartum counseling, and OCD. Or, visit our blog to learn more today!