Deciding to start your family can be an exciting time full of optimism and hope. But month after month of negative pregnancy tests can leave you feeling confused, angry, and despairing.
Seeing a pregnancy or birth announcement on social media has the potential to leave you in tears. You might wonder why starting or expanding a family seems to come so easily to your friends and relatives.
It might seem like no one else is struggling the way that you are.
Some of the (Many) Challenges of Infertility
It’s quite normal for men and women going through infertility to feel:
Embarrassed or shameful
Like you’ve failed or that your body has failed you
A sense of loss and despair
Like you want to distance yourself socially
Confused about treatment options and/or when to stop treatments
Like you’re losing yourself in this process
These are all things that you can safely and confidentially talk about in therapy.
Seeking Out Emotional Support While Going Through Infertility
Therapy can support you in many ways including:
Helping you cope with your diagnosis
Considering which treatment options you want to pursue (or not pursue)
Dealing with friends and family
Sorting out the roller coaster of emotions that come and go with each cycle
Finding ways to stay connected to your partner
Supporting you after a pregnancy loss
Exploring other ways to expand your family or live child-free
How I Can Help Infertility is not something that anyone chooses to go through. After my own experience in expanding my family, I decided to focus some of my work on supporting people going through infertility. As a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), I have completed their Mental Health Professional Certificate Course.
Elaine S. Gee-Wong, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #88015 1588 Homestead Road, Mailbox #4/Suite F Santa Clara, CA 95050 (408) 442-0112 firstname.lastname@example.org
Any information or advice on this website is for informational purposes only, and should not take the place of information or care provided to you by your physicians, medical, or mental health care professionals.