Stress & Infertility

Infertility-related stress

Infertility can affect relationships between spouses, family members or friends, and can cause feelings such as anger, sadness, depression, guilt, anxiety and isolation.  Stress itself is not a known cause of infertility.

Symptoms of stress from infertility

  • Constant preoccupation with infertility
  • Marital discord
  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, guilt, or worthlessness
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of interest in usual activities and relationships
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Increased mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering
  • A change in appetite, weight, or sleep patterns
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Thoughts about suicide or death

Treatment for stress from infertility

Reducing stress, tension and anxiety can be achieved through exercise, meditation, acupuncture, yoga, massages or writing in a journal. 

Couples should also seek the assistance of a psychology professional with experience in counseling infertile couples.