Infertility is a medical condition that can impact all aspects of your life. It may affect your relationships with others, your perspective on life, in addition to you feel about yourself. Many people can benefit from the support of family, friends, medical caregivers and mental health professionals. Gaining the assistance of a fertility counselor may help when when considering infertility treatment options such as sperm, egg or embryo donation or gestational carriers.
When Do I Need To See An Infertility Counselor?
If you are feeling preoccupied with your infertility, feeling depressed or anxious you should consider counseling. You also may want to seek the assistance of a counselor if you are feeling “stuck” and need to explore your options. Signs that you might benefit from counseling include:
- persistent feelings of sadness, guilt, or worthlessness
- social isolation
- loss of interest in usual activities and relationships
- agitation and/or anxiety
- mood swings
- constant preoccupation with infertility
- marital problems
- difficulty with “scheduled” intercourse
- difficulty concentrating and/or remembering
- increased use of alcohol or drugs
- a change in appetite, weight, or sleep patterns
- thoughts about suicide or death
Contact us today to schedule an intake with Abby Hock, our specialist in Fertility Counseling.