Ten to 15 percent of couples experience infertility each year. And because it is a physical condition that comes with medical treatment, the emotional impact of infertility is often overlooked. Research shows that women experiencing infertility suffer the same levels of depression and anxiety as women with life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Infertility affects all aspects of a woman’s life from her relationships with her partner, friends and family to her vision of how her life would unfold. Women experiencing infertility can feel tremendous stress around treatment decisions and the financial and physical burden that accompanies them. And women who conceive after experiencing infertility have a greater risk for panic disorder and other mood disorders.
The right support from therapists trained in the issues you are facing can make a huge difference in how you cope during this difficult time of your life and as you move forward. If you need it, help is here.