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
- 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.