Discovering that you are infertile can create immediate acute psychological pain and grief for each of you. The unexpected diagnosis, the difficult treatment decisions you may face, the potential for prolonged infertility intervention with no clear endings, and the grief and loss that each of you may experience may be better managed with professional help. You do not have to go through this alone and without support! Like any crisis, infertility may: bring to the surface unresolved emotional issues; critically impact your self-esteem and self-image and your sense of identity; and necessitate redesigning a couple's life goals and how they envision family building. As a result, people who have previously been able to manage their lives successfully can find themselves overwhelmed and unable to control their emotions.

The following is a list of signs and symptoms that may suggest it is time to seek professional support. Review them for yourself and if you find that you or your partner have any of these symptoms, reach out and find the support you need.

This "Infertility: When Professional Help Is Needed" sheet is a synthesis of recommendations found in a variety of sources. These include:

If you are experiencing any of these, call a mental health professional who understands the impact of infertility on you, your partner and your relationship.

Prepared by: Diann Shannon,Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, LLC

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