Coping with Male Infertility
Infertility is not just a female issue. Nor does it only affect women emotionally. Men who have fertility problems, or a partner suffering from infertility, can often experience a range of emotions, from powerlessness to guilt to grief and even depression.
Having a proper outlet to deal with these normal emotions is extremely important.
Seeking out fertility counseling is often helpful in letting you vent your feelings, thereby reducing stress, anxiety and depression. One type of counselor often useful to those dealing with infertility is a sex therapist.
This type of therapist is specially trained in dealing with issues related to sex, including sexual dysfunction, infertility, and the effects of conception sex. Many fertility clinics also employ a full-time psychologist or psychiatrist to meet with patients.
However, one of the most common types of counselors to help those with infertility is a licensed clinical social worker.
It is also important to keep the lines of communication open with your partner. Often, when couples go through infertility, they tend to shut each other out at a time when they need each most.
Whether you are angry at your partner or yourself, it is imperative that you stay emotionally connected and discuss your feelings openly and honestly. By doing this, you can both move forward together in your treatment.