Coping With Infertility

 

Infertility is a medical problem that results in the inability to conceive a child or carry a pregnancy to full term. A couple is usually diagnosed as infertile after one year of frequent, unprotected, sexual intercourse.
Coping with infertility is not an easy thing to do. You may find your marriage struggling because of it. Surrounding yourself with supportive, non-judgmental people is a great way to begin. Having a good support system is key. You also need to sort through your feelings- it's quite normal to have feelings of loss, grief, anger, shame, and even jealousy.

Jealousy can happen as they encounter other pregnant couples around them. Usually they'll take for granted that they have done something wrong, which feeds their guilt. As the couple struggles with all these emotions conflict is likely to appear, causing more friction in the relationship.

You may feel helpless in your present situation, but you can overcome this by deciding to accept things on a temporary basis, but to continue exploring all avenues that may lead to your becoming fertile.

Get support either from professionals or through infertility support groups. By joining a support group you'll see you're not alone in the fight against infertility. You'll connect with others who can relate to your situation.

Keep communication open between yourself and your partner. Discuss your hopes and fears, but remember that men and women handle stress differently. In case your partner chooses to bottle his emotions, let him know that you are here when he's ready to talk.

It is now known that when it comes to finding the reason for the infertility, 40% of cases are because of the male partner, 40% are because of the female, 10% are due to problems in both partners and the remaining 10% are unknown causes. There are a huge variety of issues that can affect fertility.

Exercise has been proven to help overcome depression, and taking a walk daily is a good way to get the exercise you need - it will also get you out of the house. Joining an infertility support group can often help you to cope with infertility issues and the resultant depression.

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