How Does Chronic Infertility Make You Feel?
If you find out you are affected by a chronic condition of infertility that will take more than a one-time fix, the emotions can be crushing. Patients report feelings of shock, disbelief, frustration, disappointment, and feeling numb. Over time, acceptance will leech in, and in many cases, is replaced by determination.
Some women with endometriosis suffer from anxiety or depression, possibly a result of facing the chronic pain, hormonal treatments which might affect their emotions, or past failed pregnancies. It can certainly cause stress on an ongoing basis, trapping you in a negative cycle of thinking about the struggle and feeling stressed about the situation.
All of these emotions are perfectly normal. Every one of us that has faced infertility knows what you are going through, and spent months or years feeling the same tangle of emotions. Even if you begin to feel hopeful or determined, that’s still often mirrored by ongoing disbelief, sadness, and worries.
So What Do You Do About It?
Sometimes, just knowing others have traveled a similar path can provide support. You can seek out a group, or a coping class to discuss the intensity of what you’re going through or even just listen to others without sharing your own story just yet. A professional counselor, especially one with experience helping infertility patients, can be a huge blessing. You can also work on identifying your stress triggers, and learn to seek out de-stressors at just the right moments. Lastly, work on maintaining a healthy body image – infertility is a disease just like any other, and does not occur for any particular reason.
Remembering that your body is strong and ready to go through the challenge of fertility and birth (with some help) is something to focus on.
If you’ve been facing infertility alone, or aren’t sure if there might be an issue, please contact us anytime at 717-747-3099 or click on the button below. If you’d prefer to find out more about our practice first, you can check out our free webinar here.
Dr. Robert Filer