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Fertility treatments and your emotions
Fertility General Gynaecology 

Fertility treatments affect the whole being of a woman. It can take a toll on you physically and financially. For many women, the most taxing part of fertility is the emotional impact. The reactions vary from woman to woman and may be positive or negative. 

Fertility problems and your emotions

Having fertility problems can result in several emotional reactions for women. Women who find it difficult to conceive may feel a variety of emotions include:

  • Worry
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Pressure
  • Stress
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Hopelessness
  • Frustration
  • Anger
  • Confusion

This emotional distress can often be exacerbated for women when investigation and diagnosis of other conditions are involved such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), uterine fibroids, or endometriosis. 

For women engaging in fertility treatments, there can be an overwhelming sense of pressure and despair to conceive, impacting their emotional well-being. Also, side effects of certain treatments such as fertility drugs cause mood changes including depression, irritability, and mood swings.

A woman’s level of support, such as her relationship with her partner or access to services, can also impact the degree of emotional distress a woman facing infertility will experience. 

Fertility treatments and your emotions

Fertility treatments are similar to a journey and a woman can feel a range of different emotions including excitement and hope, but also anxiety, frustration, and sadness. It is important that a woman embarking on fertility treatments and her partner are supported through the process. This may involve counsellors, healthcare providers, friends, and a support group for couples facing the same challenges. 

Sessions with a fertility counsellor or psychologist can help prepare you and your partner for the journey ahead and help you cope when there are unsuccessful attempts and other challenges. Failed treatments can bring about increased levels of anxiety, sadness, and depression. Counselling sessions could also help the couples deal with the pregnancies or births of other couples and rule out resentment and low self-esteem.


You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 07 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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