By Nancy Freeman-Carroll, Psy.D.
By Tanya Rubin
Life is made up for us as humans, of things that matter. Our value system becomes that of things that matter most. Everything in life supports our relentless pursuit of meaning and through focusing on things that matter, we collect numerous meanings. Infertility has an enormous impact onfinding meaning in life.
Couples facing an infertility diagnosis – or single or gay women choosing to go through Assisted Reproduction using donor sperm insemination – can experience a life crisis when they learn they can’t have a child as easily as they may have thought they could.
Infertility is a major life crisis for 1 in 6 couples. For these women and men fighting the disease of infertility, the infertility experience involves many hidden losses for the individuals, their loved ones and society as a whole, including:
One of the most challenging aspects of the infertility experience is dealing with the emotional ups and downs relating to medical treatment, the uncertainty about outcomes, and the challenge of having to make important decisions such as when ‘enough is enough.’ It is important to learn how to take care of yourself, make sure you that get the support you need, and to manage your emotions so that your self-esteem and outlook on life remains as positive as possible.
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