When plans for a baby aren't working out like you'd hoped, infertility support can be helpful and comforting during a difficult time.
The definition of infertility is not conceiving after one year of actively trying to become pregnant. However once a female turns 35 years old this time period then reduces to six months. This term may also apply for those who've been unable to carry a pregnancy to full term.
Infertility affects approximately 10-25% of couples worldwide, making it relatively common. Statistics show that men and women are equally affected (physically).
Of course everyone's own story is unique. Many people presume when the time is right to conceive that it will happen easy enough, but unfortunately this isn't always the case. Have you only recently discovered an infertility issue and been left stunned, uncertain what your future will hold? Or diagnosed with a reproductive/medical condition in the past, and already struggled for what seems like ages? Suffered repeated miscarriages? Told you have unexplained infertility by doctors? Age a related complication? Whatever your reason is... infertility can be a major challenge for anyone!
If you're experiencing fertility problems of any sort, you don't need to deal with your situation alone! There are excellent support networks for men, women, and couples.
At the bottom of this page we've explained how to find an infertility support service near you - a few links are included.
Infertility is undoubtedly a very stressful situation both emotionally and physically. Emotions can vary greatly from day to day, or throughout the
course of a day! Happy one moment then down the next. Negative feelings that are reported include – pressure to conceive, confusion, guilt, isolation, depression, anger, jealousy, despair, and failure. Some find this is especially tough if a friend
becomes pregnant, or when around parents with their infants and/or young children. In severe cases social gatherings may become distressing.
Specialized treatments (for example IVF cycles) can be intimidating, plus they often put a financial strain on couples which doesn't help matters. Hopes are high with these procedures as they're usually performed after months, or more often years of unsuccessful attempts to conceive.
Males and females naturally think differently, therefore their reactions and coping strategies are usually rather contrasting.
When facing infertility partners may not understand what the other is
going through, resulting in a build up of tension.
Various types of assistance are available, from peer-led infertility support groups, professionally led therapy sessions, individual or couples counseling. Even a reassuring voice at the end of a telephone helpline is occasionally beneficial. Support may also be able to help in the following ways -
Resolve: The National Infertility Association (USA) - http://www.resolve.org/
IAAC: Infertility Awareness Association of Canada - http://www.iaac.ca/
Infertility Network UK - http://www.infertilitynetworkuk.com/
Remember that there are ways to cope, keep positive, and uncover solutions!
*Please note - There are a range of causes of infertility. It's essential to obtain a diagnosis from your personal physician or a specialist.
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