Infertility the Emotional Impact
Why me? Why can’t we have a baby? These are questions I am often asked. Infertility can have an emotional impact on a couple. Infertility is classed as a major life crises. People who are infertile can often feel that they have failed in the one thing they were innately meant to complete. This can be a very confusing time and can cause much distress for you and your partner.
Approximately 1 in 5 Irish couples experience difficulties in trying to conceive and these numbers are steadily on the rise. The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the importance of sterility as a health issue of global concern, particularly in developing countries.I am consistently surprised when I see the statistics that this remains to be a topic that is taboo, considering what many couples are going through.
Women and men have spoken about feeling, inadequate, isolated, judged, lonely, blame, shame, loss of identity. Both men and women can feel an altered sense of self due to infertility it can be experienced differently for both however.
Women commonly feel
- May isolate themselves from family and friends
- Feel like a failure in terms of personal and societal goals
- Resentment towards other pregnant women
Men commonly feel
Infertility is often associated with women however this is a very common misconception. Men are as often infertile as women. One third can be male factors, one third can be female and the other one third can be a combination of factors.
As I mentioned above Infertility can cause stress and as a stressor it is both controllable and incontrollable. Controllable in terms of the array of avenues a couple can consider and incontrollable due to these avenues being successful and conceiving.
What causes Infertility in couples?
- Blocked Fallopian tubes
- Ovulation disorder
- Low sperm count
- Low sperm mobility
- Testicular cancer
- Age related fertility decline normally associated with women.
If you are dealing with Infertility, make an appointment and I can help you through this challenging time.
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