Why do I feel inadequate because I have fertility problems?
Infertility is more than just a physical condition. The inability to conceive children, or carry a child to term, has emotional impact, as well.
Common feelings associated with infertility can include:
- Frustration and anger
- Feelings in inadequacy
Guilt can play a role in infertility, in that a man or woman is unable to fulfill the perceived expectations to provide their parents with grandchildren, or that they have done something, during their life, for which they are being "punished" by not being "allowed" to have children. Though these perceptions may not reflect acurately upon the infertility situation, guilt is a strong emotion, which can ovewhelm logic.
Depression is a result of grief. Each type of loss, whether emotional or physical, elicits feelings of grief. Even positive change can contribute to grief, since change represents loss. When you desire children, but are having difficulty conceiving or carrying them to term, you "lose" the opportunity to become a parent, which results in feelings of grief and depression.
Frustration and anger may also be present, with infertility. The monitoring, timing and effort that is expended in attempting to achieve conception and birth, can be stressful. Failure to conceive, when a child is so greatly desired, contributes to anger - at ones' self and perhaps at society - for not being "allowed" to have a child, when others conceive so easily.
Feelings of inadequacy are frequently present, when one is coping with infertility. During the initial stages of assessment and testing, each partner wonders whether they is something "wrong" with THEM, which is preventing conception. Men and women, alike, may feel less than whole or adequate, if they are the one with the fertility problem.
Infertility Counselors are a wonderful resource for helping to sort out feelings related to infertility and infertility treatment, and to assist in developing additional coping mechanisms to ease the feelings of guilt, depression, frustration, anger and self-inadequacy.
Infertility Frequently Asked Questions
Why would someone want to get a vasectomy?
Why did my wife get pregnant after my vasectomy?
What are the risks of getting a vasectomy?
What are the risks of reversing a vasectomy?
Are there any alternatives to vasectomy?
How much does a vasectomy and a reversal cost?
What should I know about reversing my vasectomy?
What is a vasectomy and how is it done?
Why do I feel like I am grieving over my infertility?
What does ovulation have to do with infertility?
What causes a "period?"
What is BBT and how will it help my infertility?
What is endometriosis?
Does the position of my uterus affect my ability to get pregnant?
How does my thyroid dysfunction relate to infertility?
What are the hormones involved with fertility and what do they do?
How does stress impact fertility?
What are the main causes of female infertility?
What causes male infertiliy
What is impotence and what causes it?
What kinds of structural problems can cause male infertility?
What role do hormones play in male fertility?
What role does sperm motility problems have in male infertility?
What kinds of testicular problems can contribute to infertility?
What causes problems with sperm transport?
What is hemachromatosis?
Why would stress contribute to infertility?
How is male infertility treated?
What is the definition of infertility?
What causes infertility?
Why do people questions couples who don't have children?
Why do I feel inadequate because I have fertility problems?
How are sperm and eggs produced?
How does the structure of my reproductive organs impact fertility?
What are some external causes of infertility?
How do hormones impact infertility?
What is involved with surrogacy?
What is In Vitro Fertilization and what is involved with the process?
What are "fertility drugs" and what do they do?
How would one go about Egg Donation?
What is In Utero Fertilization and how is it done?
What are some alternative therapies for treating infertility?
What can be done to treat infertility caused by structural problems?
Are there surgical options available to treat my infertility?
What exactly is a fertility clinic?
What things should I consider when thinking about infertility treatment?
What is involved in sperm donation?
What is a Reproductive Endocrinologist?
Why does someone choose tubal ligation?
What is post tubal ligation syndrome?
How is a tubal ligation performed?
What should I consider when thinking about a tubal reversal?
What alteratives do I have besides tubal ligation for long-term birth control?
What are the risks of having a tubal and a tubal reversal?
What are the risks related to tubal ligation reversal?
Why might someone get pregnant after a tubal ligation?
What is the origin of Artificial Insemination?
How is donor sperm used in artificial insemination?
When would a surrogate be used with artificial insemination?
What are the laws governing sperm and egg donation?
What are the risks in artificial insemination?
What are my chances of success using artificial insemination?
What is "artificial insemination?"
What is the process for becoming a sperm donor?
How do I go about getting IVF insurance?
Can I use personal loans to pay for IVF?
How much does IVF cost?
How can I finance IVF?
What are third party loans in terms of financing IVF?
Will my insurance cover IVF?
What is "shared risk" in terms of IVF?
Are public funds used for IVF financing?
What is the role of Medical Counseling in fertility treatment?
How can a Financial Counselor help with fertility treatment?
What kinds of infertility counseling are available?
How does Psychological Counseling help during fertility treatment?
How does one go about choosing an Infertility Center?
Where can I get information and about infertility?
How do I go about finding a Fertility Specialist?
Where can I get more information about infertility?
Can I become an egg donor?
What are the legal ramifications of egg donation?
What are the risks and potential complications of egg donation?
What role do fertility drugs play in egg donation?
What role does egg donation play in in vitro fertilization?
What is process for being a donated egg recipient?
What should I look for in an Egg Donation Center?
What is the process of egg donation?
What are the potential risks and complications of IVF?
What is in vitro fertilization?
What are the alternatives to using IVF?
What are the steps involved with in vitro fertilization?
When would IVF be used to treat infertility?
How much does in vitro fertilization cost?
What kinds of fertility drugs are used during IVF?
What are some of the moral and ethical dilemmas associated with IVF?