How Infertility Affects Your Mental Health

Infertility is a highly stressful issue and can put a huge strain on a relationship. The term comes into play if you have been trying to conceive, but after one year of regular sexual intercourse you are not able to become pregnant.

There are many factors and causes, and it can be due to one person or both. Consulting with the infertility experts at one of our three Women's Care OB/GYN clinics in New Jersey is always advisable, as knowledge and the right information is key to determining the best course of action for you, and how to proceed.

Causes of infertility

For women, the most common cause is no ovulation, or an irregular ovulation cycle. For men, it is usually issues with their sperm or sperm production. Other factors include:

Infertility and mental health

Not being able to get pregnant can be devastating and heartbreaking. And of course, there are dangers in playing the blame game. Studies have shown that many women have said it was the single most upsetting thing in their lives, some even feeling just as upset as women did when receiving major negative health reports, like cancer or a heart attack. The mental stress is just that bad.

It seems like there is not as much stress among men, until they realize it may be their fault. Then their ego kicks in and self esteem becomes a major issue. Mental health, stress, and anxiety are not things to ignore. You should consider dealing with these issues at the same time you are dealing with the fertility issues. Too many relationships and marriages can be destroyed by infertility. Do whatever it takes to stay strong and keep yourself mentally healthy.

Ways to deal with infertility

When you come in for treatment at Women's Care OB/GYN, we have many options depending on the cause of infertility. We may prescribe medication to increase ovulation, and will also help guide you as to how to time your attempts to get pregnant. If the issue is physical or structural, which can include issues with your uterus or fallopian tubes, we may recommend surgery.

We can also discuss IUI, or Intrauterine insemination, which involves injecting healthy sperm directly into the uterus during ovulation, or the less invasive ART, assisted reproductive technology. ART includes in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is performed by fertilizing an egg outside of the body and then impanting it directly into your uterus.

We are also aware that these procedures can add stress to your life and affect your mental health, so do not hesitate to discuss this with us. We take your mental health just as serious as we do your gynecological issues, and want to make sure you are getting all the support you need.

For an infertility evaluation, please call us to make an appointment or use the online booking tool here and choose one of our three convenient New Jersey locations.

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