Psychological Support

Dealing with Infertility

Life begins where fears end. ~ Osho
To overcome fear, be willing to take the first step – come and see Wijnland Fertility.

Depression

Struggles with symptoms of mood (depression) and anxiety disorders are common. Some of the feelings you may experience include:

  • Loss
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Denial
  • Shame
  • Jealously
  • Lack of Control
Social Impact of Infertility

In some cases infertility can destroy a person, a relationship, families and communities; the suffering patient is still been stigmatised.

Rejection, whether assumed or experienced, can lead to anxiety and depression and individuals and groups deal with rejection in different ways. Denial and evasion are common reactions. Professional counseling and community fertility education could help combat rejection.

Tools: Test yourself with the FertiQol Questionnaire

FertiQoL assesses the influences of fertility problems on diverse life areas, for example on self-esteem, emotions, general health, partnership, family and social relationships, work life and future life plans.

Additionally, the optional FertiQoL Treatment Module assesses the burden/tolerability of fertility treatment. It is hoped that FertiQoL will become the gold standard in measuring the quality of life of people with fertility problems.

FertiQoL was developed to improve clinical care and foster cross-country collaborations. To this end clinicians and researchers are invited to use FertiQoL in upcoming projects, whether these be epidemiological surveys, cross-cultural studies, clinical trials or intervention projects aimed at identifying and addressing risk factors for poor adjustment to infertility or its treatment.

Download the FeriQol questionnaire here, fill it out and return it to us at info@wijnlandfertility.co.za for your assessment.

Psychological Support

If you’re having a hard time coping with infertility, you’re not alone. Research has shown that the psychological stress experienced by women with infertility is similar to that of women coping with illnesses like cancer, HIV and chronic pain. Infertility is not easy to cope with.

To make things worse, you may hear from friends or family that your anxiety is causing the infertility. But this is not true. While researchers once thought that stress caused infertility, more recent studies do not make this connection.

Services
  • Health Psychology Support
  • Gamete Donor and Recipient Assessments
  • Assisting All Singles and Couples with Decision-making
    and Implication for Unborn Child / Miscarriages / Cancer

Psychological Counselling

“The human capacity to love is the greatest force for good on Earth, and the love of a parent for their child one of the most universally recognized expressions of unconditional love across all cultures. To be denied this possibility is devastating, and a huge obstacle to overcome. This is true whether the denial is through the loss of a child, a miscarriage, termination or the inability to conceive in the first place.” – Caroline Gallup, 2007

Why Seek Support? To talk about the following issues:

  1. Infertility
    • The silent struggle
    • The emotional roller coaster
  2. Conditions of Special Concerns in relation to Infertility
    • Causes of infertility
    • Type of infertility
  3. Infertility
    • In the fertile society
    • The couples
    • Sex
    • Religion
    • Employment
  4. Surviving the Infertility Grid
  5. The Doctor – Patient Relationships
  6. Crossroads of Infertility
  7. When Do We Start Support
    • Even before treatment
    • Through the whole month of treatment
    • After pregnancy outcome