fertility counseling and wellness

Fertility Counseling and Wellness

Infertility is a medical condition that touches all aspects of your life. It may affect your relationships with others, your perspective on life, and how you feel about yourself. The stresses, anxieties, and joys of fertility treatment aren’t easily understood until you experience them.

How you deal with these feelings will depend on your personality and life experiences. Most people can benefit from the support of family, friends, medical caregivers, and mental health professionals.

At Aspire, a licensed therapist and marriage counselor is always part of your fertility team. We understand that fertility is an emotional and psychological journey as much as it is a medical process. And we know that journey will be easier if you have support from trained professionals who understand what you are going through.

Fertility Counseling and Wellness

Who Will Benefit From Fertility Counseling

When considering infertility treatment options such as sperm, egg, or embryo donation, or surrogates, our counselors can be especially helpful. You should also consider counseling if you are feeling depressed, anxious, or so preoccupied with your infertility that you find it difficult to live your life productively. You also may want to seek the assistance of a counselor if you are feeling “stuck” and need to explore your options. Signs that you might benefit from counseling include:

  • persistent feelings of sadness, guilt, or worthlessness
  • social isolation
  • loss of interest in usual activities and relationships
  • depression
  • agitation and/or anxiety
  • mood swings
  • constant preoccupation with infertility
  • marital problems
  • difficulty with "scheduled" intercourse
  • difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • increased use of alcohol or medications
  • a change in appetite, weight, or sleep patterns
  • thoughts about suicide or death

Our Patients and Family page offers many more resources that can help you understand and come to terms with your own fertility experience.

Who Will Benefit From Fertility Counseling