Coping with infertility is a very challenging time in one’s life. It is something that many people are hesitant to talk about, even with close loved ones. The tendency to remain silent about fertility issues can perpetuate feelings of loneliness, shame, turmoil, grief, and loss.
You are not alone if you are struggling to conceive. It is a lot more common than you might think; in Canada, 1 in 6 couples experience infertility. Infertility is characterized by an inability to conceive after one year of trying.
Facts about Infertility
- Fertility experts indicate that 30% of the cases of infertility can be attributed solely to the female, 30% solely to the male, 30% a combination of both partners, and in 10% of cases the cause is unknown.
- 9 out of 10 people struggling with fertility issues show signs of depression.
- 1 in 3 fertility patients are not offered counselling at their fertility clinics.
- A woman’s fertility begins to decline at around 35 years old.
- A healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman who is sexually active has a 20% chance of conceiving each month.
Increase Your Chances of Conceiving:
- Exercise regularly
- Quit smoking
- Drink less alcohol
- Learn coping strategies to deal with stress
- Eat a healthy diet
Where to Find Support
Try to give and receive emotional support from your significant other, or with trusted friends and family. Support groups can be a great place to talk openly about your thoughts and feelings with people who are going through the same thing you are. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help from a counsellor whom you feel comfortable with.
To find service providers who can support you on your journey, you can book a session with one of our Registered or Provisional Psychologists, or visit: