Although a couple’s mental health may not affect their chances of conceiving, being diagnosed with infertility may cause stress and impact overall mental health. The fertility doctors at RCC in Mississauga, Ontario discuss how infertility can affect men and women’s well-being and offer ways in which to cope.
Studies have shown that infertility can cause stress, anxiety, and depression in men and women. Recurring pregnancy losses have also been linked to PTSD symptoms in some patients. You may feel alone, hopeless, or want to give up if you’ve been struggling to get pregnant. However, there are treatment options available for infertility as well as mental health struggles.
After being diagnosed with infertility, it may be a wise decision to seek counseling or therapy, either as a couple, one-on-one, or a combination of both. In addition to professional medical help, try to reduce your stress and anxiety levels at home in your everyday routine.
- Take time for yourself. Dedicate time each day to read a book or magazine you enjoy, go for walks, exercise, or pick up a new hobby such as painting.
- Talk about it. Talk to you partner, as they may be feeling down too. You can also find support groups in your local community or online with many others who are going through a similar situation.
- Take a vacation. If you have the ability to drop everything and get away, do it now before you have little ones in tow! It can help get your mind off infertility woes.
When you are ready to discuss the next steps on growing your family, know that RCC in Mississauga is here to help. We will customize a fertility treatment plan for you, whether you need donor eggs or sperm, IVF, or another treatment option. Contact us to get started!