For people experiencing fertility issues, the process of starting or growing their families is less of a joyful one, instead filled with uncertainty and emotional struggle. Non-traditional routes to having children can be lonely, stressful, and characterized by uncomfortable medical procedures or intrusive, bureaucratic processes. Couples do not always cope the same way and often feel strain on their relationship. Family relationships and friendships may be affected because well-intentioned comments can be hurtful and it can be bittersweet to watch loved-ones become pregnant or have babies.
Some people struggling to build their families through fertility treatments or adoption find seeking additional support from a therapist helps them to manage the instability of the experience, work through accompanying fear, frustration, shame anger, and loss. Therapy can help these individuals or couples come to feel more at peace with their unique story.
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