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Coping Strategies for the Emotional Impact of Infertility: Managing Your Infertility Mental Health

Emily Turinas

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Apr 23

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The emotional impact of infertility is often overlooked, although it can be incredibly difficult and may require a combination of strategies to navigate. Here are ten coping strategies that individuals or couples experiencing infertility may find helpful from a perinatal psychologist.


Emotional impact of infertility

  1. Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family, or support groups for emotional support. Sharing your feelings with others who understand what you're going through can be comforting.

  2. Therapy or Counseling: Consider therapy or counseling to help you process your emotions and develop coping skills. A mental health professional can provide guidance and support tailored to your specific needs.

  3. Educate Yourself: Learn as much as you can about infertility, including potential causes, treatment options, and coping strategies. Understanding the medical aspects of infertility may help you feel more empowered and in control.

  4. Practice Self-Care: Make self-care a priority by engaging in activities that help you relax and reduce stress. This could include exercise, meditation, hobbies, or spending time with loved ones.

  5. Limiting Exposure to Triggers: Identify and minimize exposure to triggers such as baby showers, social media posts about pregnancy, or certain environments that may exacerbate feelings of sadness or inadequacy.

  6. Focus on What You Can Control: While infertility can feel overwhelming, focus on the aspects of your life that you can control. This might include making healthy lifestyle choices, advocating for yourself in medical settings, or exploring alternative paths to parenthood.

  7. Express Your Feelings: Allow yourself to feel and express a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, frustration, and hope. Journaling, art, or talking with a trusted confidant can help you process your feelings.

  8. Find Meaning and Purpose: Explore activities or pursuits that bring meaning and purpose to your life outside of fertility concerns. This might involve volunteering, pursuing career goals, or nurturing relationships.

  9. Open Communication with Your Partner: Foster honest and open communication with your partner about your feelings, fears, and hopes, strengthening your relationship and mutual support. Infertility can strain even the strongest relationships, so prioritize open communication and support with your partner.

  10. Consider Professional Help: If you're struggling to cope with infertility, don't hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional who specializes in reproductive issues. They can offer guidance, support, and additional coping strategies tailored to your individual needs.


If you are interested in gaining professional support during your fertility journey, see if Emily Turinas PhD is a good fit for you. She is a perinatal psychologist who specializes in therapy for new moms & dads, those on a fertility journey, and pregnant mamas in Austin, Texas & Denver, Colorado. Schedule a free consultation today to see how Dr. Turinas could help you build clarity and direction in the chaos of parenthood.

Emily Turinas

2 min read

Apr 23

47

1

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