Infertility Stress Test
Can you identify with any of the following:
- You feel your body fails you each month you don’t get pregnant.
- Your mind seems to be dominated by this single thought: “Am I pregnant yet?” It is hard for you to focus on your work or any other task that does not involve getting pregnant.
- You hide tears when your friend tells you she is pregnant.
- You feel sad more often than happy.
- You long for a child and feel empty because you can’t conceive.
- You feel envious, jealous or angry at anyone who has children.
- It appears to you that people just don’t understand how painful it is not being able to conceive.
- You feel you don’t belong with your peers who are having families.
- You feel you are not a real woman because you can’t conceive.
- Your inability to have a child has created tension in your relationship with your partner.
- Not being able to conceive has cast a shadow over everything you do, you’re upset because your partner seems unaffected.
- You feel you have lost control over your life and your emotions. You cry a lot for no apparent reason.
- You wake up with a dark fear that you will never become a parent.
If you can relate to any of the above statements, you are experiencing a significant amount of infertility related stress.
The good news is you are not alone. Infertility counseling may be able to help you reduce stress and enjoy your life more.
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