The psychiatrists and therapists at Women’s Behavioral Health Specialists help women manage emotional and behavioral concerns associated with infertility and infertility treatment.
Treatment for stress, anxiety, and depression related to infertility depends on the specific cause, your symptoms, and the severity of your condition. Depending on your condition, your doctor may recommend one or more treatments, including:
Additionally, we can provide counseling to help you decide how to proceed with your infertility treatment. This may be helpful if you are exploring:
Infertility can have a significant impact on your mood and well-being, as can ongoing infertility treatment. Mental health issues related to infertility may include:
Each passing monthly cycle also can bring a roller coaster ride of emotions such as anger, betrayal, guilt, sadness, and even hope. These feelings can increase in intensity and become persistent and overwhelming as the process of trying to become pregnant continues.
Although it is normal to experience a variety of emotions while experiencing infertility or undergoing infertility treatment, you should get help if you experience symptoms of depression or anxiety that last for more than a few days. Symptoms may include:
Anyone who is experiencing infertility or undergoing infertility treatments is at risk of experiencing related emotional and behavioral issues.
It is common for women undergoing treatment for infertility to experience anxiety or depression during their treatment. And, the more difficult or demanding your infertility treatments become, the higher the risk of anxiety and depression.
It is important to be aware of how you are reacting, both to your problems getting pregnant and the physical and emotional stress of your treatments. If you notice symptoms of anxiety, stress, or depression, our specialists can help.
Infertility and infertility treatments can create significant stress. The best way to prevent mental health issues is to be proactive about your mental and emotional condition and get help at the first signs of problems.
It may help to eat well, exercise, give yourself time during the day to relax, and spend time doing activities you enjoy. Deep breathing, yoga, massage, and guided imagery may also help you relax.
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