It wasn’t supposed to be this hard. Isn’t this what you were meant to do? Why is this happening? How are you supposed to move forward when this precious dream feels so out of reach?
Infertility is isolating and infuriatingly painful. Well-meaning friends and family members ask when you’re going to finally have a baby. They give unsolicited advice. Strangers may even feel entitled to say something when they hear you don’t have a baby yet. Maybe you have had a pregnancy and/or baby before, but for some unknown reason, it’s not happening now. The doctors don’t know exactly what to call it, so “secondary infertility” is on your chart. Your loss and grief is almost all-consuming. Worst of all, it feels like no one understands what you are going through.
Infertility Counseling Can Help
Approximately 1 out of every 8 couples will experience infertility in some form. About 9% of men and about 11% of women of reproductive age in the United States have experienced fertility problems. But, you are more than a statistic. Your story, your struggle, and your journey matter.
Coping with infertility is not something you have to do alone. A skilled infertility therapist can work with you to move through this pain. We don’t know exactly what will be on the other side of this mountain, but you can get the support and skills to cope with whatever happens next.
Trying to Conceive (TTC)
If you type “TTC” into a search, you are probably going to get a list of advice. And, maybe some forums to talk about this with other people who are TTC. While these can be helpful for some folks, it might not be the support you are truly looking for.
There are layers of complex emotions and issues when individuals and couples are TTC. Communication, shame, blame, resentment, the hope and grief of each cycle, financial worries, and so much more. There is nothing less sexy for a couple than trying to make a baby for months, and even years. Our infertility therapists can help guide you as individuals and a couple to a more grounded, less fearful place. Therapy for folks who are trying to conceive is tailored to meet your needs throughout the process. Things will change over time, and a skilled therapist can help you navigate through the changes.
Third Party Reproduction
The therapists at Flourish have worked with prospective parents and couples for years. We understand the barriers that come up when experiencing infertility and looking for third party reproduction resources. In fact, we can help by lessening those barriers due to our ability to provide third party reproduction services.
Support for LGBTQ+ Couples
At Flourish Counseling and Wellness, we support all families. For us, that means working with couples and individuals holding all identities as we navigate the journey through infertility and fertility concerns. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans+ and Queer families can feel safe and supported by our therapists during the fertility journey.
Infertility Support Group
- Queer Conceptions: A Fertility Support Group
- Your Voice, Your Story: Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Support Group
- Navigating Your Fertility Journey: An Online Process Group
Begin Infertility Counseling in Chicago
The therapists at our Chicago-based counseling center are ready to meet you wherever you are on your fertility journey. And, they can work with you from anywhere in the city using online therapy in Chicago. Whenever you’re ready to reach out to us, follow the steps below:
- Contact our therapy practice using our contact form.
- Meet with one of our compassionate therapists.
- Receive the support you’re so deserving of while navigating fertility.
Other Services at Flourish Counseling and Wellness
The mental health professionals at our Chicago area counseling practice specialize in working with women and LGBTQIA+ individuals throughout parenthood. Further, they provide both pregnancy and prenatal counseling and postpartum support. And, not only do we provide one-on-one services, but we have many options for group therapy and workshops as well as couples therapy for partners. Furthermore, all of our services may be accessed from the comfort of your home using online therapy in Chicago.