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Infertility and its Psychological Impacts

Updated on July 2, 2016

What is infertility?

According to an article in MedlinePlus, infertility is a term that defines the inability to conceive even after having regular unprotected sex for more than a year. Studies say that around 40% to 50% cases of infertility are caused by problems in women. Another 20% of the cases report male problems and around 30% to 40% cases are because of problems in both partners. For around 20% of the couples, the causes of infertility are still unknown. Physical and emotional issues can both contribute to infertility. Couples under the age of 30, who have regular intercourse have a 25%-30% chance per month of conceiving. A woman is at the peak of her fertility in her 20s and once she crosses the 40-year mark, the chances of getting pregnant decrease significantly. Apart from age, other causes of infertility in women include genetic disorders, hormone imbalance, obesity, lifestyle choices and medical conditions like diabetes. In men, low sperm motility and poor quality of sperm are the most common reasons for infertility.

Emotional Aspects of Infertility

Reproduction is the basic instinct of all species. However, when it comes to human being, this instinct is colored by psychological and emotional connotations too. Being unable to conceive can affect the identity of a woman adversely. Research conducted by Marni Rosner at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice revealed that the impact of infertility is long lasting and crippling to the identity of the woman. Rosner says that these women feel isolated even if the mind isn’t thinking about the issue. Also, the body might automatically respond to feelings of pain without the mind reacting consciously. This might lead to impact on the self and on relationships that the person is a part of. The vulnerability causes feelings of anguish, which in turn might lead to obstacles in personal and family happiness. The impact on self-esteem of not being able to become a parent is that it could lead to guilt and shame. Needless to say, the inability to conceive can become emotionally damaging. The damage can be on a personal level or on a family or other relationship level as well. Acceptance of one’s true self with all its weaknesses and failures is the only true solution here. Of course, there also are options for treatment today that have proven their success. And if you are wondering about the cost of IVF in India, remember the end result will make it all worthwhile.

Emotional Support and Better Treatment Options

Support from close family members and friends goes a long way in helping the affected individual. The overall treatment procedure requires some patience, since it is not always bound to be successful on the first attempt, despite the fact that infertility treatments have come a long way. It is important to prepare oneself psychologically and emotionally for multiple cycles of treatment. Also, it is important to look at the various options available, such as IVF, ICSI, IUI, donor sperm or embryos, and more. Advancements in effective infertility treatments has given new hope to the thousands of couples, thereby helping significantly in enhancing their mental health as well. India stands tall among the countries with the best and most advanced fertility treatment facilities at lowest of costs. In India, IVF costs one tenth of what it costs in developed countries like the US or the UK. Choosing a cost efficient and technological advanced hospital or clinic for your treatment can be a major stepping stone towards a better result, say experts at Rainbow Hospitals. These clinics come as a big relief in helping couples fulfill their reproductive needs without draining them out financially.

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