For most people, having a child is a natural process in their lives. However, discovering you have a problem conceiving or carrying a child can bring a whole range of difficult emotions that can challenge the most strongest of relationships and those involved.
There are different types of fertility problems and these can effect both men and women. If you have discovered you have a fertility problem then it is likely your GP has already begun the process of specialist treatment which can add further pressure to you, your partner and the relationship you are in. It can often feel like getting pregnant is the only thing that matters, with the main focus being on successfully conceiving and carrying that child the full term. Not being able to do this successfully can often bring an overwhelming sense of disappointment and despair and can impact on the psychological and physical health of those faced with the problem.
Both infertility and its treatment can take its toll on the person with the problem and others involved in the relationship often creating feelings of guilt, anger, shame, envy, loss, anxiety, inadequacy, isolation and fear of abandonment. Though these feelings are natural and understandable for people who are faced with fertility problems, it can sometimes be difficult and seem daunting to work through leaving a person feeling very alone and unable to cope.
If you are struggling with any aspect of fertility and are finding it difficult to deal with the feelings around that issue, counselling may be able to help.
How can counselling help with fertility problems?
Counselling can help you explore the impact of being faced with infertility and its treatment, providing a safe and confidential space for you to share your emotions and thoughts without feeling judged.
Some people seek counselling for support when faced with ending infertility treatment or if there has been an unsuccessful cycle of treatment. We understand that every aspect of dealing with infertility can create an array of powerful and challenging emotions that can be difficult to work through and some to terms with.
Counselling can help you develop coping strategies to manage feelings such as loss, depression and anxiety. It can also help improve how you and your partner communicate and support in finding resolutions for any problems you may have in your relationship.