The psychological impact of infertility should not be overlooked in couples undergoing fertility treatment. Studies have shown stress contributes to infertility, and there is also a psychological component to fertility treatment as well.
Stress & the Psychology of Infertility
We now know stress plays a key role in infertility. Recent research has revealed that stress can delay conception in otherwise healthy women. Stress can also occur as a result of infertility. One scientific study showed that the stress women feel due to infertility is comparable to that experienced by individuals suffering from a serious medical condition such as cancer or heart disease.
Psychology of Infertility for Women& Men
It is not unusual for couples struggling with infertility to experience feelings of loss, anxiety, depression and isolation. The psychological impact of infertility is very real and affects both men and women, although somewhat differently.
In women, infertility may trigger self-esteem issues, guilt and sadness. A woman may also have anxiety related to fertility treatment therapies and procedures. Hormonal changes can super-charge emotions, making it difficult to handle even small hurdles and challenges.
Men diagnosed with male factor infertility may seethe diagnosis as a threat to their masculinity or worry they won’t be able to continue their family genetic line.
Relationships can suffer if couples start to see sexual intercourse as a mandatory requirement performed on schedule rather than a loving act. Financial strain, different opinions on how far to continue fertility treatment and shifts in the dynamics of the relationship can also contribute to the stress and psychological challenges of infertility.
Psychological Counseling during Infertility Treatment
To help couples cope with the emotional stress caused by infertility treatment, reproductive endocrinologists sometimes encourage patients to seek mental health assistance. The following symptoms indicate the need for psychological support:
- Prolonged depression
- Extreme anxiety
- Difficulty in personal relationships
- Poor concentration
- Sleep problems
- Thoughts of suicide
- Anger, guilt or pessimism
Psychologists who specialize in helping individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulty in coping with infertility treatment can offer tremendous support and guidance to such patients.
Trained mental health professionals help patients in various ways, including learning to navigate the emotional challenges of fertility treatment by:
- Ensuring patients receive adequate education and information about various treatment options
- Helping couples prepare for possible consequences, including multiple births or treatment failure
- Encouraging patients to explore all options including surrogacy or adoption
- Assisting in developing or strengthening coping skills and problem-solving strategies
- Teaching patients ways to work through their emotions of grief, fear, anger, loss, etc.
- Improving communication skills
- Encouraging personal growth
Panchakarma and Ayurvedic Treatment for infertility and PCOS in Pune:
Here at SMV Ayurveda Research Center which is based in Pune our aim is to provide best treatment of Panchakarma and a treatment to resolve polycystic ovaries conditions with help of specialized Ayurvedic Infertility treatments of Ayurveda. Here Basic research for the treatment of polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS) is carried out since last 12 years by Vaidya Vinesh Nagare who is Gynaecologist.