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El Paso, Texas Infertility Support
Infertility treatments can cause emotional struggles. It is common for couples to disagree about when to start infertility treatments, how long they will try to conceive and the fertility treatment costs. If infertility treatment is not successful, one partner may feel guilty and responsible.
A number of emotions related to infertility may surface. That may include sadness, anger, fear, and anxiety. Infertility can cause you to feel out of control, and those feeling can permeate other aspects of life. Many women, men and couples find that support, through a counselor or fertility support group, helps to work through these feelings.
A therapist experienced in treating emotional issues related to infertility will help you learn to manage your stress, cope with grief, and release tension. Goals of therapy might be making decisions related to infertility treatment, working out differences with your partner, and simply sharing your fears and concerns related to infertility. Infertility therapy can take a number of forms: one-on-one with a counselor, couples therapy, or a support group. Many fertility clinics have a therapist on staff, or offer support groups. In addition, there are a number of peer-led support groups available through non-profits such as RESOLVE.
Choosing an Infertility Therapist
When choosing an infertility therapist, ask for recommendations from your fertility nurse, and friends and family who have had infertility. Schedule a consultation and ask the following questions:
- Do you regularly counsel infertility patients? Is that a large part of your practice?
- Do you work one-on-one, or will you recommend couple’s sessions or group support?
- What type of therapy do you practice? What is the structure of our sessions?
- How many sessions do you recommend?
- Do you take insurance?
- Can you provide me with references?
Online Infertility Support
There is no substitute for a trained professional to help you manage your grief, sadness or sort out your feelings. But another outlet, like online infertility support forums at Fertile Thoughts can supplement your infertility group or individual therapy and provide feedback and advice from other women who are going through the same experiences. This online support forum is anonymous, which many women prefer.