Infertility and stress

Low mood can be a causative factor in infertility, but infertility itself can also cause psychological distress.

Intimate examinations, having sexual intercourse at specific times and repeated sperm analysis can be very frustrating and tiresome.

Sometimes pregnancy suddenly occurs in couples that have given up hope of conceiving naturally. This shows how much stress can impact upon chances to conceive.

Some couples are filled with feelings of guilt, embarrassment or failure. This may cause cracks in the relationship and even complete break-down.

The specialist's role

Infertility investigation and treatment can be a very long and arduous process, which is why the medical professionals involved are supportive and patient with all couples.

The specialist's role includes:
  • To support the couple through ups and downs in the whole process
  • To identify any psychological or relationship problems within the couple
  • To offer information about the best methods to conceive and treatment options available
  • To provide information regarding other opportunities available such as adoption

Relationship advice

  • Communication is key as it is the only way to be open about your fear and feelings with your partner
  • Talking with friends and close relatives
  • Be aware that the path will be probably long and difficult
  • To understand that stress and anxiety have an influence on ovulation
  • Try to carry on with your normal life as much as possible
  • Do not feel guilty and try to ignore social pressures
  • To speak with other couples who have had difficulties themselves
  • Try to keep you sex life exciting
  • Try to plan pregnancy early if possible