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Infertility in st. louis

You never expected to be here.

You may have been on the infertility journey for just a few weeks, or many years.  Regardless of your time or place along the path to create a family, taking care of yourself is of the utmost importance.  Counseling can help you find peace, feel empowered to consider options, and create a new sense of hope.

You are not alone.

Nearly 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy and 7.4 million women, or 11.9% of women, have received infertility services in their lifetime (2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth, CDC).

It matters to women AND men.
Although some people may consider infertility to be a woman's problem, men are just as affected as women (and that matters for mental health concerns, too).  In fact,  approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or is unexplained (  

It is important to remember both partners on the journey to conceive a child.  While a medical reason may be causing infertility in one or both partners, everyone in the partnership experiences a wide range of emotions.

How can counseling help?
Counseling is a tool to help you navigate the vastness and oftentimes loneliness of infertility.  Releasing the many worries, fears and frustrations is a way of opening yourself to shifts of perception and hope.  Creative visualization, mindfulness, spiritual exploration, music and artistic endeavors are some of the many ways to reclaim your journey.  

Depending on your individual needs and preferences, an empowering support program can be created for you.  Counseling can occur with an individual or as couples, depending on preference and your availability.

This is your time, your life, your journey.  Explore your needs and step into healing on every level of your being.

When do I need help?

This checklist may serve as a guide to identify if you may want to consider seeking support. If your answers concern you, counseling may help!

  • Do you feel more sad than happy?
  • Do you feel helpless and/or hopeless?
  • Have you experienced any changes in appetite?
  • How well do you sleep?
  • Do you feel increasingly irritated or intolerant of others?
  • If you are in a relationship, do you feel safe?
  • Are you experiencing a lack of motivation?
  • Do you enjoy being intimate?
  • Are you able to care for yourself (and your dependents)?
  • ​Are you using any unsafe substances (i.e. tobacco, alcohol, unprescribed or misusing prescribed medications, illegal drugs, etc.)?
  • ​Are you worried you may hurt yourself or others?*

*If you feel that you or your loved ones are in immediate danger, call 911.