Infertility causes a natural and expected wave of emotions as you face medical tests and conception decisions you never imagined would be part of your life. However, you don’t need to face infertility alone when you seek the compassionate care of Kelly Thompson, LCSW. Whether you just realized you can’t conceive, or you’re on another in vitro fertilization cycle, Kelly supports your emotional health with therapy and guidance. If you need help during any part of your infertility journey, call the office in Waco, Texas, or schedule a telemedicine appointment online today.
To learn if you're infertile, you need a medical assessment from a gynecologist, urologist (for men), or reproductive endocrinologist (for men and women).
Women younger than 35 should have a fertility evaluation after one year of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant. You should see a doctor after six months if you're 35-40 years old.
A woman's chance of conceiving declines rapidly after the age of 40. For this reason, women older than 40 should get a fertility evaluation as soon as they decide to get pregnant.
Some people seek counseling before beginning infertility treatment to ensure they're psychologically prepared to start the process. Others talk with Kelly when they feel the increasing stress of ongoing treatments.
If you have persistent anxiety, depression, mood swings, or irritability, you should seek Kelly’s help. Other signs that you may need counseling include:
Many people have increased stress, anxiety, and negative emotions the longer their infertility treatments continue.
As soon as you decide to get tested for infertility, you start a journey that includes a series of medical tests and many possible treatments, including in vitro fertilization and other reproductive options.
Infertility is a long road that takes an emotional and physical toll. Along the way, Kelly provides support and counseling for all the issues you face, including:
Everyone feels stressed as they begin the process. Most couples travel through wide-ranging emotions, with grief, sadness, guilt, anxiety, and depression topping the list. Sometimes partners share similar feelings and support one another; other times, they're out of sync. When emotions get overwhelming, therapy allows you to take care of yourselves and stay healthy for the long run.
Many trusting, loving couples find their relationship strained as they go through infertility testing and treatment. Sometimes they have a hard time communicating with one another, as well as family and friends.
Problems also arise when partners disagree on treatment decisions. Kelly can help when you struggle with relationship issues, improving your ability to talk and make important family-building decisions.
If you have questions or need help with infertility, call Kelly Thompson, LCSW, or book a telemedicine appointment online today.