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Tucson, AZ, Infertility Support
An infertility diagnosis—and the subsequent fertility treatments—can create a stressful situation.
You may find yourself feeling anxious about the costs of fertility treatment one minute, only to find yourself battling a wave of grief the next. It’s common to bounce from emotion to emotion during this challenging time, but when should you consider seeing an infertility therapist?
Infertility therapists have been specially trained to help you cope with the unique challenges an infertility diagnosis brings with it. You may benefit from seeing an infertility therapist if you find yourself suffering from overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness, if you notice a change in sleeping or eating patterns, or if you’ve experienced marital problems or increased mood swings
Tucson Infertility Therapists
Currently, there are no infertility therapists who are members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine who are located in Tucson, but there are two located in the state of Arizona:
- Angela Bowers, Ph.D., Scottsdale, AZ
- Ilyssa Swartout, Ph.D., Psy.D., Glendale, AZ
Infertility Therapy Sessions
Choosing an infertility therapist is important. You want to choose someone you feel comfortable with, since you will be speaking with him or her on a personal level. For that reason, it can be helpful to schedule a consultation with a few therapists to see if there is one you “click” with.
Infertility therapy sessions vary depending on the therapist. Some may prefer to meet with you alone, while others may want to bring your partner in for a couple’s session. Still others may encourage you to attend group meetings so you can meet others in similar situations.
Infertility can be trying for your relationship. Even if only one partner is going through the actual fertility treatments, it is important for both to play a role in the counseling process. This will give both partners the opportunity to share their own thoughts and feelings, and it can also help you learn tips and tricks to communicate with each other in a more effective manner.
Your infertility therapist will encourage you to speak freely about whatever may be causing you stress, whether it’s physical concerns, worries about your financial situation, or
difficulties you’re having with friendships or other relationships. Your therapist will teach you ways to cope with grief, manage stress, and communicate more effectively in your everyday life.