- Generating a child can be very important for the self-concept of parents and for the consolidation of family relationships. However, there may also be is a negative impact, when the decision to have children is not followed by idealized physical performance. The couple or one of the members may experience instability, inability to deal with emotions, and these may be disruptive to the individual’s physical and psychological health. Parallel complaints such as reduced sexual appetite and lack of intimacy are also common.
- Although there may be a lack of appreciation of emotional aspects, when there are complications in the reproduction process, there may be attribution of guilt and responsibility on both sides, difficulties in dialogue, and an unpleasant environment in the relationship. Possible misunderstandings between the couple provoke uncertainties regarding the future of the relationship, which may intensify anxiety and stress in the relationship, and affect the success of assisted reproductive processes.
How can psychological support help?
- Psychological support allows the exploration of anxiety, distress and fear, as well as sharing and emotional support in the relationship. This support is essential for the stability of the relationship and for the development of confidence to face reproductive challenges and how they are framed within the relationship.
- Generally, when couples seek help because of infertility problems, they may already be apprehensive, fragile, and worn out by long and complicated reproductive aid procedures. Since infertility may cause feelings of loss and fragility, it may be necessary to go through a phase of emotional adjustment, facilitated by psychological support.