Infertility is medically defned as a lack of conception following at least one year of unprotected sexual intercourse (WHO, 2009). Infertility and its treatment can have a considerable impact on a persons quality of life and infertility problems can be among the most upsetting experiences in peoples lives (Fekkes et al., 2003). In fact, infertility has been ranked as one of the great stressors in life, comparable to divorce and death in the family (Holter et al., 2006).
Infertility Counselling addressing
Emotional effectsGrieving and depression Anger and frustration GuiltShock and denialAnxiety
Loss of controlLoss of control over activities, body, emotions Inability to predict and plan future Loss of health Loss of security (about a predictable future)
Effects on selfesteem, identity & beliefs Loss of self-esteem and selfconfidence, feelings of inadequacy Identity problems or shifts, loss of status or prestige Changes in world views
Social effects Effects on marital interactions and satisfaction (positive and negative)Effects on sexual functioningDifferent social network interactions, changes in relationships with network members, loneliness, embarrassment
Loss of a (potential) relationship Loss of fantasy or hope of fulflling an important fantasy Loss of something or someone of great symbolic value Loss of future and past in one person