Dealing with infertility is a challenging experience. The emotional upheavals, one goes through can be life-altering. Today, even though there is a plethora of treatments available to treat infertility, the idea of not doing it the ‘normal way’ bothers a lot of couples. Why? Maybe it is because of the societal pressure or the idea of not being enough. There are several self-esteem issues, which can plague you during these times. And, for some, they even go through bouts of depression, anxiety, and so much more.
When tough times like these, knock on your door, first of all, it is important to stay strong. It is paramount that you get out of the isolation and realize that you are not alone.
Bond with your partner
When you are diagnosed with infertility and are about to begin your treatment or even thinking about it, you need emotional support. Make sure you communicate with your partner because they are going through the same thing. Instead of creating a vacuum in your relationship, you both need to be open with each other. Don’t start with the blame-game, instead, just be available emotionally. It is of utmost importance that you understand that no one is at fault here. Just like any other disease, infertility is one too.
Not being worried about other people
We live in a society where our business is everybody else’s business. However, don’t let what other people think to bother you. It is important to take control of your life and be okay with things that are out of your hands. Talk to family and friends. And, if you need help, ask for it.
Sometimes, you become so invested with the idea of having your own baby that infertility can affect your emotional state severely. But, fight it. Today, most hospitals and clinics have psychologists to help you get better emotionally. When you or your partner start experiencing the below symptoms, it is a wise idea to talk to a professional.
• Losing interest in normal activities
• A feeling of depression, which doesn’t go away
• A sudden dent in your relationships (with family, friends, etc.)
• Unable to think about anything else other than the infertility
• Always feeling highly anxious
• Unable to complete even the mundane tasks and unable to concentrate
• Dealing with insomnia and a change in your regular sleep patterns
• Fluctuations in your weight and appetite
• Using drugs or alcohol to dull your pain
• Isolating yourself from the outside world
• Low self-esteem
• Dealing with guilt
• Feeling angry and bitter
These symptoms are a clear indication of your emotional struggles. The mental health professionals can help you get better emotionally and can even be there for you when you are going through several tests and treatments. They will help you cope with your grief and will make sure you develop the right coping skills. Several couples who suffer from infertility, have taken it as a life-enhancing opportunity and shown tremendous personal growth. Today, there are a lot of support groups to help you deal with infertility. Therefore, make sure you seek help when required.