therapy for coping with infertility
Infertility remains a very private, secret experience for many people, even though the number of people struggling with it increases as more people try to have children later in life. Beyond the sheer stress of it, infertility also can be a massive source of guilt, shame, and tremendous grief and fear for men and women. The tests, procedures, losses, and relentless challenge of it all take their toll on a lot of relationships. Nerves are frayed, questions emerge about the strength of the marital bond, core values are questioned as different costs and risks are argued. Seeing a therapist can provide you with your own support, and help you sort out your values in a less emotionally tense atmosphere, and without the well-meaning but infuriating comments and suggestions you may be getting from friends and family ("you just need to relax and it'll happen"; "it'll happen if it's meant to be"). Couples can find therapy helpful to reduce the stress between you and regain your sense of working on the same page, hearing each other, and being a team (you need that!).
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