fertility, mental health, mental illness

Infertility and psychological distress

I have just seen this article (published in July 2016’s Fertility and Sterility) which describes the level of distress still being experienced by families undertaking fertility treatment.  http://m.medicalxpress.com/news/2016-08-infertility-patients-mental-health-problems.html It really looks like we are letting families down, as they progress through treatment with the goal of starting or extending heir families.

The study, which followed patients at five fertility clinics in California, found that more than half of women and one-third of men had clinical-level depression symptoms at some point. Even more—76 percent of women and 61 percent of men—had symptoms of clinical anxiety.

Yet only about one-quarter of all patients said their fertility center had given them any information on mental health resources

If you are undertaking fertility treatment, reach out – get help – there are counsellors who understand infertility treatment and know what will help to make your journey a little easier. http://www.fertilitysociety.com.au/anzica/membership/

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