Many people view in vitro fertilization as almost as stressful as any other major life event, such as the loss of a loved one or divorce. This is why consulting with a psychotherapist can be extremely helpful at this difficult time in your life.
PSYCHOTHERAPIST VS PSYCHIATRIST — WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
The topic of mental health remains a taboo. Many believe that the work of psychotherapists is focused on serious psychiatric illnesses (such as schizophrenia). In fact, psychiatrists, who are medical doctors, treat such people.
In many Western countries, seeing a psychotherapist is just as normal as going to the gym. This is due to the fact that psychotherapy focuses on ordinary people and their usual mental health problems.
It is wrong to think that psychotherapists help their clients by prescribing medications. In fact, most psychotherapists are not even medical professionals and help clients through verbal communication and role play. Therefore, their aim is preventing severe mental health issues.
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND IVF
Each patient experiences stress differently based on his or her own personality and life experience. It is quite possible that emotions during an IVF cycle can lead to anxiety, depression and even tension in the relationship with your partner.
There are many ways to deal with the emotional stress that do not require professional help. Sometimes they may be insufficient, which may negatively affect your fertility treatment (for example, severe depression leading to stopping your treatment).
Studies show that the first in vitro fertilization cycle, especially 10-14 day wait between your embryo transfer and pregnancy test, is the most stressful. This period is associated with confusion and fear of a possible negative result. At this point, a psychotherapist can help you cope with your emotions through different techniques.
It is important that your psychotherapist has experience with couples going through fertility treatment. New Life clinic has a psychologist who will provide you with the support you need in difficult times.