The psychological impact of infertility is an extremely sensitive issue. A couple facing problems when trying to create a family should be mentally prepared, their relationship will be put to the test. There are, however, various ways to address and overcome the challenges:
- Get informed by your fertility specialist. Both parties should be aware of the possible precipitating causes of infertility and of the medical tests required as part of a treatment plan.
- Seek support from your doctor or fertility specialist, who can offer advice on both the physical and psychological aspects of fertility treatment.
- Do not assign blame on each other.
- Realize that this is a communal problem that may only be solved through unity and mutual support.
Despite the fact that IVF success rates are on an upward trend, its psychological effect on couples does not seem to decrease. Why?
- Most couples do not feel they are treated as individuals and with a satisfactory degree of honesty regarding their issues and their possibility of having children with or without treatment.
- The way the medical test results are announced to a couple that cannot have children is of critical importance.
- Fertility treatment should not be started until the couple is both physically and mentally prepared.
- Women should be armed with positivity, confidence, faith and strength before starting an IVF round, so they can handle a positive but mainly a negative result.