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Infertility Counseling

Infertility counseling is a form of psychotherapy designed to support individuals or couples who are faces challenges around fertility. For example, you might work with an infertility counselor if you are struggling to conceive a child, considering using a sperm or egg donor, or thinking about adoption or surrogacy.

Infertility is often stressful for both individuals and couples, and it can cause significant strain in relationships between partners. Sometimes, these stresses can lead to symptoms of common mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. If this is the case for you, infertility counseling can be a helpful way to move through these challenges.

Infertility is a relatively common in the United States, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that about 12% of women ages 15 to 44 face challenges getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. Additionally, about 6% of married women in the same age range are unable to get pregnant after one year of trying.

Infertility affects men as well as women; the CDC also reports that in about 35% of couples with infertility, a male factor was identified as well as a female factor. In about 8% of such couples, only a male cause of infertility could be identified.

Additionally, several studies indicate that couples and individuals struggling with infertility commonly experience anxiety and depression in reaction to these challenges. Other studies demonstrate that these mental health conditions do not necessarily cause infertility, but infertility and mental health symptoms seem nonetheless to be closely linked.

What are some symptoms that infertility counseling can treat?

Infertility counselors are prepared to provide support around any number of challenges that might arise in relation to infertility. Some of the most common symptoms they treat include:

Common challenges around infertility

Infertility counselors can help you at any point during your struggles with infertility; you don’t need to have a specific problem or symptom in order to seek support. That said, some of the most common scenarios include:

If you’re dealing with any of the challenges described here, consider exploring these options:

What should I look for in a therapist for fertility counseling?

Therapists differ in their approaches to fertility counseling, and you’ll want to make sure that your specific therapist has experience treating people who have faced challenges like yours. Some common approaches to infertility counseling include aspects of the following: