Infertility occurs when a couple cannot conceive despite having regular unprotected sex.

Around 1 in 7couples experience this issue, and this equates to 3.5 million people in the UK alone.

This can be an extremely difficult and distressing issue to face as a couple, and can often come as a shock, and can impact on a couple’s hope and dreams for the future.

Infertility can carry with it a sense of denial with sadness and shock, when pregnancy does not materialise. There can also be feelings of fear, guilt and abandonment from the partner who feels the problem lies with them. Women can feel less feminine and men can feel less masculine in the face of infertility.

Infertility can also put stress on your relationship, with studies showing that couples dealing with infertility are more likely to feel unhappy with themselves and their marriages.

There are some very difficult emotions and feelings which come up including: disappointment, sadness, shame, regret, blame, resentment, grief for a hope not realised etc.

Infertility can cause and overwhelming strain on a relationship, and for some couples the need for a child become an all consuming focus.

If couples decide to consider fertility treatment, this too can cause great levels of stress, as you liaise with a number of medical professionals and undergo procedures.

At Castle Counselling Services we offer you a safe space, where you can explore these emotions without judgement and in an empathic and confidential manner. We would like to use our skills to provide you with a professional who will truly listen to you, and support you in moving forward.

Who can help you?

Counselling services in the North Coast Causeway area of Northern Ireland, we can offer you an initial telephone consultation for 15/20 minutes free of charge for you to discuss the reason you are seeking counselling.