Infertility and its treatment cause untold pain and psychological trauma on the couples suffering from it. The result of a study of 488 women in th...
Infertility and its treatment cause untold pain and psychological trauma on the couples suffering from it. The result of a study of 488 women in the US who were undergoing stress reduction program shows that infertile women suffer the same level of depression and anxiety with those diagnosed with hypertension, cancer or people recuperating from heart attack. Though no research has been carried on men to determine the level of psychological trauma being infertile cause on them, they still experience distress. However, their level of stress is not as intense as those of their partners especially if the problem is from their partner.
Typical examples of reactions of people diagnosed with sterility include anger, shock, frustration, depression, grief, loss of self-confidence, self-esteem and sense of control over one’s destiny.
Besides suffering emotional crisis, infertility can also rupture a relationship in many ways. It can lead to a breakup in marriage. Relationships with friends, family members and loved ones can also be ruptured by infertility. For example, experience has shown that some couples who are not able to have children of their own inadvertently avoid interactions with friends who have children or who are pregnant.
Emotional or psychological trauma associated with infertility can be caused by a number of factors such as effects of drugs, financial worries, uncertainty of the result of the treatment being given and many others.
Psychological effects associated with infertility can be caused by certain medications and hormones administered to infertile couples. Clomid, Serophene or any other synthetic estrogen clomiphene citrate that are prescribed to infertile couples because they are capable of enhancing sperm production and ovulation can cause insomnia, irritability, anxiety and mood swings in females. Other side effects of some infertility drugs include mania, thinking problems, depression and irritability. These side effects are similar to emotional response to infertile couples. So, it is difficult for medical personnel and infertile couples themselves to determine which side effects are psychological and which one is as a result of the drug reaction.
Choices and outcomes
Infertility treatments have helped some to raise children of their own and yet a good number of infertile couples have remained without children after undergoing series of infertility treatment. Couples who finally become parents after undergoing treatments are always happy. But the condition of those who are not able to become pregnant becomes worst after undergoing various treatments.
The uncertainty of the result of infertility treatment and treatment failure increases the psychological trauma in some patients especially those from Western world where it is believed that any hardworking person will always achieve their objective. Another problem caused by failed treatment is the difficulty in determining when to stop the treatment.
Infertility is not covered by most insurance companies in the US. Even in the 15 states that have obligated infertility treatment insurance, the extent of treatment varies. Besides, most infertility treatment options are highly expensive. It will leave most infertile couples financially drained. The financial concern associated with infertility can also cause its own psychological problems.