Patients with pathologies in addition to the diagnosis of infertility

Infertile couples were generally unaware of their difficulty conceiving prior to medical diagnosis. They are usually healthy people whose psychological discomfort is related to their desire to be parents. In this article we will talk about those Patients who have suffered or are suffering from a diseasewhose life is at risk and who are having or may have difficulty conceiving, such as B. Women who have overcome cancer. In many of these cases, these individuals were unaffected informed of the fertility risk they may be running or the problem was treated after treatment. That means we’re talking about Patients with pathologies in addition to the diagnosis of infertility such as: cancer or other diseases which, if treated, minimize the chance of conception naturally.

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How patients feel with conditions that are additional to the diagnosis of infertility

This type of patient tends to get emotionally upset when it comes to bringing up the issue of natural pregnancy or conception. They don’t always have the support of those around them when they express their grief over this collateral damage. Their family or friends may not understand what is happening to them and may send them messages saying that they have no right to be sad about their infertility and that they should be thankful that they are alive and well are. Although the environment says this comments, the patient feels misunderstood and they don’t support you. And it is that social support for infertility is crucial for people who find themselves in this situation.

In other cases the Possibility of decreased fertility secondary to treatment or the patients did not understand that the disease or the treatment of the disease would affect them. This applies in particular to cases that were already affected in childhood or adolescence and the desire to have children was still a long way off. Also because experts or parents thought that they would not grow up because of their life expectancy (Shover 1999). It still comes as a surprise today when these children grow up and find themselves infertile.

families suffer illness in one parent, and who already have a child, may also feel misunderstood and unsupported by those around them or even the medical team. Many of them Couples want to expand the family so that the first child does not grow up alone and is supported by a sibling. This is especially thought when there is a fear that the sick parent will die early. Women in particular feel this uneasiness, since for these reasons they tend to value having offspring most positively.

Emotional process after leaving assisted reproduction treatment

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Various studies of women suffering from cancer show that this is the case for young women Not having children can be just as painful and damaging as the disease itself (Dow, 1994; Surbone and Petrek, 1997).

There are also cases of people who are aware of the possibility Damage to their ability to reproduce can be harmed. It has been scientifically proven that some people, especially women, psychological implications of this possibility are more severeas the main disease to be treated (Gris and Pérez, 2009).

It is relevant that the Patients are given as much information as possible about the options available for preserve your fertility or prevent sterility.

This improves the Mental ailments and their approach to treatment with the main pathology. It can also motivate them to face the disease and be more optimistic about the future (Gris and Pérez, 2009). oneFertility specialists can help you choose the best treatment option. Likewise, professional psychological counseling can be very helpful in overcoming this crisis. A psychologist can provide a space to express emotions and understand their point of view. As well as joining associations that help deal with this type of situation.

  • Dow, KH Children get after breast cancer. Cancer Practice, 1994. 2. 407-413.
  • Gris, JM and Perez, F. Ethical and legal aspects. In: J. Callejo (ed.), Fertility Preservation in Cancer Patients (pp. 185-212). 2009 Barcelona: Shine.
  • Shover, L.R Psychological aspects of infertility and reproductive decisions in young cancer survivors: A review of medical and pediatric oncology, 1999. 33, 53-59.
  • Surbone, A., and Petrek, JA Birth problems in breast cancer according to survivors. Krebs, 1997. 79, 1880-1889.

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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