Navigating the highs and lows of fertility treatment is often overwhelming as patients encounter unforeseen difficulties and experience a wide range of emotions. This can be one of the most distressing experiences individuals (and couples) ever face, impacting all aspects of your life, from family to work, and even social activities. Making decisions about your fertility treatment can also involve many personal, emotional, financial, and religious considerations. Throughout your journey, it is important that you know you are not alone. If you are experiencing anxiousness, depression, isolation, or a loss of control, fertility counseling can help you cope with the many challenges along your fertility journey.
If you think you may benefit from fertility counseling or are unsure where to find help, contact us so we can help you find the support you need.
Fertility Counseling Can Help
At Fertility Center of San Antonio, our goal is to support you throughout your fertility journey by offering support, counseling, and education throughout the process. Feeling overwhelmed at times is a normal response to the emotional ups and downs of fertility treatments. If you experience uncomfortable anxiety or symptoms of depression, however, you may benefit from fertility counseling. In addition to helping you learn how to navigate complex emotions, our network of preferred mental health professionals can help you learn how to cope with the physical and emotional changes associated with infertility. Counseling can also include support in exploring your family building options or assistance navigating a partner’s response.
You should also consider seeking fertility counseling when discussion with a mental health professional can help clarify your thoughts or decision making about fertility treatments.. For example, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine recommends counseling for couples who are deciding between alternative treatment possibilities, considering third-party assistance (egg donation or surrogacy), or having difficulty communicating.
You Are Not Alone
If you are struggling with infertility and unsure where to find assistance, call us at 210-981-4074 or contact us to schedule an appointment. Our experienced and compassionate team is ready to help.
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Patient Resources & Organizations
At the Fertility Center of San Antonio, we are committed to supporting our patients throughout your fertility journey and helping get you the information you need to feel in control. In addition to our network of experienced fertility counselors, we recommend these organizations and resources for patients.
- ReproductiveFacts.org – Created by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, this website offers free, fact-based information for patients including fact sheets and booklets, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about fertility health, educational videos, information about state insurance laws, and more.
- RESOLVE Peer-led Support Groups – RESOLVE offers free, informal opportunities for those facing infertility to connect as well as give and receive support from others struggling with similar issues. Groups are moderated by volunteers (not mental health professionals). Visit the website to locate a support group near you or join one of their virtual support communities.
- SART Patient’s Guide to Assisted Reproductive Technology – This digital handbook created by the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) is a resource for patients seeking general information on issues related to assisted reproductive technology.
- PCOS Awareness Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to advocacy of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), raising awareness and providing educational and support services to help people understand what the disorder is and how it can be treated. The organization also offers support for people diagnosed with PCOS to help them overcome the syndrome and decrease the impact of its associated health problems.
- Endometriosis Association is a self-help organization working to find a cure and prevention for endometriosis while at the same time providing education, support, and research for those affected.
- The Neighborhood: A Virtual Hub for LGBTQ+ Families – This resource was created by Family Equality for prospective LGBTQ+ parents who are unsure of their future path to parenthood and provides opportunities to connect with one another, learn, grow, and have fun.