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 (www.asrm.org).
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.
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.
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!
*If you feel that you or your loved ones are in immediate danger, call 911.
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).
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