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Content Tagged: emotional issues

The emotional impact of infertility on men

Although infertility affects both members of a couple, we typically hear about how distressing it is for women and often don’t hear about how men are impacted by the experience. However, a recent article by Gary Ellenbolt on Parenting.com gives us a glimpse into a man’s experience of infertility. Gary shared how helpless he felt […]

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My partner and I have been through four cycles of IVF. One ended in an early miscarriage and the other three failed. We’re emotionally and physically exhausted, and financially spent. How do we know when it’s time to stop treatment? Will we regret it? What other parenting options do we have?

Written by our mental health expert, Dr. Emily Koert, Registered Clinical Counsellor.  Deciding when to stop treatment or move on with different options can be very difficult. It doesn’t help that you’re emotionally and physically exhausted – making decisions under these circumstances isn’t ideal. But something is telling you and your partner that you can’t […]

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No more kids: Respecting my partner’s decision

My partner April and I have been married for 10 years. We have a beautiful daughter named Willow who is 4. We got pregnant with Willow fairly quickly. However, April had a pretty difficult pregnancy. She was sick and felt exhausted from the beginning, and these symptoms didn’t ease up in the later trimesters. Needless […]

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Infertility also affects men’s stress levels and sexual functioning

A new study, presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Annual Meeting in October, suggests that for men who have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive for over a year, the very days in the middle of the cycle when their partners are supposed to be most fertile, can be particularly stressful for men with […]

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