At Northern California Fertility Medical Center, we provide the most advanced treatments with a superior level of care. However, there is often much more to overcoming fertility problems than the medical aspect of treatment. Having trouble becoming pregnant can be the source of frustration, confusion, fear, anger, and a host of other complex emotions. That is why we strongly recommend that our patients participate in some type of infertility support program while undergoing treatment at our Northern California IVF center. There are local and nationwide organizations that offer men and women a chance to listen to the stories of others, share their own experiences, and recognize that they are not alone.
The Benefits of Group Support
Dealing with infertility problems and the roller coaster of emotions that can come with treatment is something no one should have to do alone. Unfortunately, many people find that turning to friends or family is unhelpful, even painful, because without firsthand experience, friends and family members just can’t understand what the infertile couple is going through.
The infertility specialists and medical staff at Northern California Fertility Medical Center are experienced and knowledgeable about the subject and can provide a certain amount of support, but meeting with an infertility support organization such as our local RESOLVE chapter is recommended to patients. This option can make such a big difference in a couple’s treatment experience. These groups are made up of people who have gone through, or are currently going through, the very same struggles as our patients. Sharing stories, perspectives, advice, and sympathy with others in the same situation helps patients to realize that they are not alone. It provides a network of people to turn to when frustration, rage, or even elation needs to be expressed.
Studies have even shown that people who take the time to care for their own emotional needs during fertility treatment tend to be more successful in achieving pregnancy as well. Consider these findings:
- Women who were in their second year of infertility, who were not experiencing depression, and who received group psychological intervention to help them avoid becoming depressed had significantly increased rates of viable pregnancies compared to women who did not receive preventative treatment for depression (Reproductive Endocrinology 73:4, April 2000).
- Women who received treatment for depression showed a 60 percent viable pregnancy rate within six months, contrasting with 24 percent for women whose depression went untreated (Journal of American Women’s Medical Association 54, 1999).
- Women with a history of depressive symptoms reported twice the rate of subsequent infertility (Psychosomatic Medicine 57, 1995).