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Infertility is a major life crisis for
many couples. It may affect self-esteem, body image, sexual identity, life
goals, and sexual relations. When faced with the possibility or diagnosis of
infertility, you may experience a broad range of emotions, including:
Social exchanges and situations may be painful when you see
others with babies or are asked about your plans for having children. Having
family members who are expecting children may contribute to your feelings of
stress, as may parents wanting grandchildren to continue the family lineage.
When you have a long-term health problem, you may feel alone, confused, or scared. But you are not alone. Other people are going through the same thing you are and know how you feel.
Talking with others about your feelings can help you feel better.
Look for a support group that works for you. Ask yourself if you prefer structure and would like a group leader, or if you would like a less formal group. Do you prefer face-to-face meetings, or do you feel more secure in Internet chat rooms or forums?
November 14, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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