How to overcome the Psychological Impact of Infertility

Infertility is the inability of a woman to naturally conceive, carry or deliver a healthy child. Infertility is the condition where a couple cannot have a baby despite trying for a year or more. Infertility can be a disorder in either the male or the female. Primarily infertility is the inability to have a baby and secondary infertility is the inability to carry the pregnancy to a full term and delivery. Earlier infertility was thought to be a physical disorder but research proved that infertility can impact psychologically – both men as well as woman.

Indian society is very tough and hard on women in general. Even now, the society is harsh on the woman and refuse to even believe and accept the fact that the male could also have fertility disorders. Every mother thinks that her son is perfect and can have no physical disabilities.

Some physical causes of infertility can be :

  • Smoking
  • Drinking
  • Insomnia (sleeplessness)
  • Obesity
  • Unhealthy food
  • Crushingly tight inner wear

In societies everywhere in the world producing children is a social norm. Parenthood is an important factor and causes major transitions in a couple’s life. Inability to bear children and have a regular normal family life can have severe psychological effects on a couple and the major brunt is borne by the woman. Partners become anxious or even stressed because of social stigma and pressure which can become a major cause of marital discord.

Infertility has an effect on the couple’s mental health. Different psychological factors affect the reproductive ability of both partners.

  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Marital disharmony
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling of low self-esteem
  • Isolation
  • Sexual dysfunction

The three important factors for a woman are :

  • Having children
  • The role of the woman and the social pressure imposed
  • Effect on sexual life – this is significant in both men and women.

In this society, if the couple is childless for a period of time either by choice or because of fertility issues, they become an object of scorn and ridicule and are humiliated all the time. People do not realise the stress they are giving the couple making conception more difficult. Women are more susceptible and affected than men.

The insecurity of separation because of infertility is a major fear factor in both men and women. Women feel that their spouse might abandon them for someone who can produce an heir. Men are afraid to lose their beloved companion. Strangely neither of the couples confide their fears with their partners and play the self pity or self blame roles, or accuse the other of over reacting or not caring enough.

At this point it is very important for the couple to visit an Infertility Centre. A good centre will first counsel the couple and bring them comfort and relaxation because stress is one of the cause for infertility. After a period of time, tests are performed and then a diagnosis is made for treatment. Based on the diagnosis and the condition of the couple, treatment options are advised. The end result is to have a happy family.

Juhi Infertility Clinic in Hyderabad has all the facilities for treatment of infertility. An experienced panel of specialists, efficient nursing care and staff, state of the art precision equipment for exact diagnosis. Their aim is to send depressed couples back as happy families. To know more contact +91 9573744646

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