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Individuals and couples may find infertility causes physical, emotional and mental stress. It is quite common for people who experience infertility or who are going through fertility treatments to experience feelings of loss, disappointment, and sadness. There is no right or wrong way to feel when experiencing infertility or during fertility treatments.
Often, individuals experience and cope with stress in different ways; for this reason, infertility and fertility treatments can add stress to a couple’s relationship. While your experience with infertility is unique, it can be helpful to seek out emotional support and guidance from friends, family, and professionals.
Some people find sharing information with trusted friends and family can help reduce social pressure, isolation, and provide crucial emotional support. Others may find talking to a professional counsellor who specializes in infertility and fertility treatments helpful. These professionals can help you explore different coping strategies, consider the pros and cons of different family-building options, find information and support, and help you manage your stress.
Lots of people may find talking to someone helpful. Here are a few options:
- Talk to your fertility clinic – Many fertility clinics have a list of counsellors and psychologists who specialize in this area.
- Talk to your family doctor – Family doctors might have a psychologist on staff that could offer support.
Find a support group – Fertility Matters has a list of support groups in different areas of Canada. Check their website to find one in your area: http://fertilitymatters.ca/find-a-support-group/