If conceiving is not as simple as you’d expected and is causing you problems in your relationship, then speaking to one of our therapists could be the solution for you. If the journey to IVF is resulting in distress, and surrogacy or adoption is overwhelming for you, therapy can help you to relax and find your way through it all.
Struggling to get pregnant can bring up a host of unexpected emotions. Just as you need to feel connected as a couple and make important decisions together, you can feel mired in anger, guilt, anxiety, fear, and envy. Previous mental health concerns can also be triggered.
With the financial stress, physical challenges, and rollercoaster of expectations IVF brings, the donation process can amplify such emotions further. There can also be grief if a cycle holds but then terminates. What first felt like an exciting opportunity can begin to feel like a nightmare.
A surprising number of couples do not succeed with IVF, donation, or surrogacy because they simply quit the process, overwhelmed by the psychological stress that they underestimated.
Infertility therapy/counselling focuses on strengthening your relationship and improving your coping skills so you can stay the entire length of the course. It also creates a safe space to discuss next steps, such as further rounds of treatment, ending the process, or considering adoption.
You will benefit from learning how to manage sensitive and powerful emotions around infertility choices, gain clarity on the correct treatment for you, improve communication and relationship issues with your partner, and develop coping strategies for stress and fatigue.