Fertility, IVF and
Mental Health

1 in 8 couples experience infertility

Undergoing a difficult fertility journey affects both physical and emotional aspects of a woman's well-being. Experiencing infertility can force you to adjust to different family planning timelines and can pose new challenges to even the strongest relationships. A difficult fertility journey may also come with immeasurable feelings of loss and grief, with each passed cycle, chemical pregnancy, miscarriage or stillbirth. It is extremely common for many women to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety while on this journey and experiencing losses.

Some of these symptoms may include feelings of isolation or fear of sharing updates with even the closest of family and friends, loss of agency for those who are used to being in control of their lives, or feelings of being betrayed by their bodies. These feelings are further exacerbated by irritability or mood swings that might arise during various hormonal treatments. In a cruel vicious cycle, studies suggest that stress hormones have a negative impact on fertility.

My goal is to help support you through your fertility journey whatever your goals are and however they may change. The path may be paved with ups and downs, but I want to help ensure that you can get back to feeling like yourself, nurture your relationships, and find peace along the way while undergoing one of life's most difficult journeys.

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Resources: Return to Zero has great resources for those who have experienced loss during their parenting journey.

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