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“I can’t get pregnant” either “Why can’t I get pregnant?” These may be two questions running through your mind at the moment. It is common throughout our lives to fantasize about motherhood/fatherhood, which we ask ourselves questions about how many children we will have, what we want them to look like, the gender we would prefer them to be, etc. Being diagnosed with infertility affects all of these beliefs, expectations and attitudes that we have carried throughout our lives. And when the time comes, the fear of getting pregnant and understand.

Symptoms of anxiety before seeking pregnancy

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It is therefore not surprising that one can try to be a parent change women psychologically and their partners. It is common to have conflicts about emotional health and to feel sadness and confusion or guilt, but the most commonly associated mental disorder

Infertility problems are anxiety.

what is fear

Is a predictive response of future harm or misfortune. An unpleasant feeling of dysphoria, somatic stress symptoms or avoidance behavior follow. It’s a common reaction when a situation is very stressful. (Clinical Practice Guide for the Management of Patients with Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care Working Group, 2008).

People who have tried in different ways or for a long time to have a child and have not been able to conceive may think so there is nothing else they can do, negative emotions and fears very intensely over a long period of time and/or exceed personal adaptability to this situation. This includes a significant discomfort in people suffering from it, with different physical and psychological symptoms, in particular (APA, 2014):

Physical Anxiety Symptoms

  • Sweating, dry mouth, dizziness, unsteadiness.
  • Trembling, muscle tension, headache, paresthesia.
  • Palpitations, precordial pain, dyspnoea.
  • Nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia, diarrhea, constipation, aerophagia, meteorism.
  • Frequent urination.
  • sexual problems.

psychological symptoms of anxiety

  • Worries, fears, feeling overwhelmed.
  • Fear of losing control, sense of imminent death.
  • Difficulty concentrating, complaints of memory loss.
  • Irritability, restlessness, restlessness.
  • Avoidance behavior of certain situations, psychomotor inhibition, obsessive thoughts or compulsive actions.

The Anxiety symptoms tend to be more acute in people who are unable to have a childor that possible reproductive technologies mean that you will have to forego sharing the same genetic background with your future child.

Emotional health in the face of infertility

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Luckily when diagnosis of infertility, there are many reproductive treatmentswho can help these couples to fulfill their dream. However, between 25 and 65% of patients undergoing assisted reproductive treatment show clinical symptoms related to emotional disorders. The intensity of these symptoms depends on various personal factors, such as: B. the emotional support received. Or situational factors, for example that there are treatments that can solve the problem. These difficulties can be explained by the impact that the treatments have on different areas of our lives. We will see some examples:

  1. emotional area: Concerns about whether the right decisions are being made (about treatment, about medical staff, about the clinic, etc.) are common. Additionally, if multiple negative results have been obtained from treatments, it is usually assumed that they will continue to occur.
  2. physical realm: due to the side effects of the drug. There are also concerns about health being affected by the treatments.
  3. family area: The project of starting a family as a couple is paralyzed indefinitely.
  4. Social area: due, among other things, to the isolation from others that couples usually do in these cases.
  5. financial area: due to the high costs associated with reproductive treatments or drugs.

For this reason, the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) recommends including professional psychological help in medical treatment for infertility to address psychosocial and emotional needs.

If you feel overwhelmed by the situation, you should know how fear affects a woman’s fertility, always seek help from loved ones or, in extreme cases, see a doctor. Most importantly, learn to relax.

  • American Psychiatric Association (2014). DSM-5. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Pan-American Medical Editorial.
  • Clinical Practice Guide for the Management of Patients with Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care Working Group. Madrid: National plan for the SNS of the MSC. Health Technology Assessment Unit. Agency Laín Entralgo. Madrid’s community; 2008. Guidelines for Clinical Practice in the SNS: UETS No. 2006/10.
  • European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).

Mary is health psychologist. She specializes in research and treatment in psychopathology and mental health. He has completed two official Masters at the University of Valencia (UV).

Since 2015 he has been working with the association ASPROIN, which focuses on people with infertility problems where does individual and couple psychological support. She also creates posts on her blog that provide high-quality scientific evidence on fertility.

Since 2014 he has been working as Teacher in various workshops to improve mental wellbeing, and the use of instruments for better capacity development. Recently she has worked as a community mediator on issues of Socio-cultural integration of migrant women.

He is currently collaborating on our website to review and write content on psychology and infertility.

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