Assisted reproduction

Psychology and fertility

For many couples, dealing with fertility problems and assisted reproduction treatments can be a big emotional challenge. That’s why our clinic has a support unit specialising in psychology applied to fertility.

Infertility doesn’t just affect your ability to become pregnant and have children; it can also have an impact on almost all facets of your life: from how you see yourself, to your relationship with others.

Up to 30% of couples who undergo these treatments need psychological support, seeing as they suffer from stress, with high anxiety levels and symptoms of
depression above those of the population average.

There is a predictable series of emotions which are felt by many persons with
infertility. These can include:

  • Depression
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Frustration
  • Irritability
  • Pain

The list above can be even longer if the person is undergoing fertility treatment. This is because the uncertainty they face (which can produce an “emotional rollercoaster” with the combination of periods of great hopes and anticipation with moments of desperation and sadness), as well as the fertility medication which is essentially hormonal treatment, can have a direct effect on their emotions and stress.

The most commonly asked question is: “Why me?” Feelings of guilt and anger are two more possible consequences of infertility. Men and women often react differently to these feelings, but there is no doubt that they both feel the pain of infertility. Psychological support applied to fertility can help them to process these emotions in an appropriate way.

Psychological support applied to assisted reproduction

At the National Conference of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF) it was made clear that psychological aid in assisted reproduction treatments reduces anxiety and depression among infertile patients and it also seems to improve the pregnancy rate.

Here at the Ginefiv clinic, in order to help you through the difficult times and to make sure that these nerves, stress and anxiety, etc. affect your treatment as little as possible, we provide a Psychology Unit. This team will guide and assist you throughout the process, resolve all your doubts and fears, and give you all the information you need to help formulate expectations that are as realistic as possible.

Our fertility psychology support team will do everything it can to make your path to parenthood that much easier.

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