If you have recently been dealing with fertility struggles, you know how emotionally, physically and mentally draining it can be. You are unsure who to talk to, how much to reveal, and how to cope with the waiting and unknowns. Rather than let yourself become burdened with these weights, think about talking to a fertility counselor.
A fertility counselor is a licensed counselor who also is knowledgeable about many aspects of infertility, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor sperm or eggs, or adoption. Couples who undergo IVF, surrogacy, adoption, or many other forms of assisted conception are required to see a fertility counselor beforehand. Other individuals or couples may choose to see a fertility counselor for one of the following reasons:
Infertility is taking over your life. “If your sadness, depression, worrying or anxiety is prolonged and affecting many areas of your daily life, then it is important to seek professional help,” says Penny Joss Fletcher, a marriage and family therapist based in Tustin, California, who specializes in infertility and adoption counseling. “A therapist can teach you coping skills and strategies to hopefully alleviate some of the depression or anxiety.”
Infertility is hurting your relationship. Infertility can cause tremendous stress on your relationship. Sometimes stress brings people closer together, but it can also cause them to drift farther apart. Men and women handle stress in different ways; learning how to handle stress together can be difficult. Talking together to a counselor can better help you understand each other and understand how to cope with this period of life.
You have no idea what to do. A fertility counselor will go over all your options with you so you are fully informed about what the emotional and financial outcomes are of each option, as well as how your decision will affect your life. Thoroughly talking through each option with a professional will help you make the decision that is best for your life.
Whatever stage of your fertility you are at, talking with a medical professional can be beneficial. Find a fertility counselor today and begin a path of healthiness in all areas of your life.