Coping with loss of any kind is never easy, but it’s especially hard when you’re coping with the losses (often plural) associated with an infertility diagnosis.
The bottom line is that every individual and/or couple diagnosed with infertility grapples with loss – some at the psychological and metaphysical levels as well as the very physical and heartbreaking level.
Grief is a Common Thread in the Tapestry of Infertility
When it gets down to it, grief is a common thread in the tapestry of infertility – and it will be woven into your fertility treatment process(es) – because even in between great successes, there can also be great losses.
We recommend all of our clients to take the mention of Loss and Grief to heart – and find methods to honor, release and facilitate those feelings in a way that is healthy for you, your partnership and your growing family.
Schedule an appointment with a fertility counselor
Any individual or couple receiving an infertility diagnosis and/or who are pursuing fertility treatments should schedule an appointment with an experienced fertility counselor. Even a single appointment provides invaluable insights and things to consider when it comes to the emotional highs and lows of the inevitable infertility journey.
Make your platonic and romantic partnership a priority
Don’t let your relationship with your partner become one of the losses along the way – an all-to-common tale for couples who pursue fertility treatments. In addition to the emotional ups-and-downs, many couples find their infertility diagnosis and treatment cycles become such a focus of daily life that they’ve misplaced the close, intimate and passionate connection and bond they used to share.
Make it a priority to keep the romance alive – no matter what the pregnancy test or repeat IVF cycles may have to say about it.
Surround yourself with ample support
Your infertility diagnosis has launched you into a world of gains and losses you never knew existed before now – and some of them will hit you like a sucker-punch. For example, many individuals find they’re filled with self-judgement and loathing when confronted with their own, physical fertility “failure,” or you may find those feelings directed towards your partner if he’s the one with the infertility diagnosis.
Then there are the potential failed IVF transfers and/or miscarriages to contend with. Even after your family is complete after successful fertility treatments, you may be confronted with what to do with unused embryos you’ve opted not to transfer.
Are you looking for an experienced fertility center that supports the emotional well-being of their patients as well as their physical and fertility health? Contact us here at Reproductive Resource Center, Kansas City’s Premier Fertility and IVF Center, where we take a holistic approach to fertility diagnosis, treatment and support.