- You feel alone. Maybe you're going through infertility as an individual, or you feel unsupported or not understood by family or friends. Your experience is unique and your feelings of loneliness are valid.
- You're having any symptoms of anxiety or depression. Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint the exact reason you're feeling anxious or depressed, and you may even feel your infertility journey doesn't have anything to do with your mental state. Even so, don't ignore what your brain and body are telling you -- seek support.
- You are having problems with your partner or marital issues. Infertility and the journey to conception is difficult, and it can cause a strange host of arguments and stressors between even the most devoted of couples. Counseling can be a safe space to communicate and get back on the same page.
- You feel mentally and emotionally stable, but your partner is struggling. If you're having difficulties addressing your partner's concerns and stresses, counseling can help you understand their point of view and how to better communicate with and comfort them. They'll also have the chance to acquire healthy coping tools.
- You just want to talk it out. A lot of people struggling with infertility and going through treatment can feel like they're burdening those closest to them with their persistent worries and struggles. If you want a guilt- and judgment-free ear to simply talk everything out to, counseling and support groups are the ideal spot.
A fertility center has seen all manner of emotional and mental stress among struggling individuals and couples. They can be supportive and sensitive as possible, but most fertility clinic medical professionals are not therapists. On top of that, there is not always a psychology or counseling expert on hand at the fertility center to address these issues. Your fertility doctor may suggest therapy or support of some kind and give a referral, or you can ask them for a referral yourself. Remember, any good fertility expert won't be offended by you asking for a referral for emotional support. They understand what stress you may be under and simply want to support your best interests. Don't be afraid to ask for help!