Fertility Challenges and Mental Health

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Catherine O’Brien on Infertility

Women have babies, right?  In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with Catherine O’Brien about the emotional and psychological impact of infertility.

Sometimes you stop telling people [you’re trying to get pregnant], because then you have to answer questions.
— Catherine O'Brien, LMFT

Show Notes:

If you’ve had a hard time having a baby, you’re not alone. In recognition of National Infertility Awareness Week, this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast takes a look at infertility and its impact on women, relationships, self-worth and mental health. Host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., talks with Catherine O’Brien, LMFT, a family therapist, speaker and educator from California, about the complex emotions that can arise when a couple wants to have children but is having difficulty conceiving or maintaining a pregnancy.

Listen and learn:

  • What the term “infertility” means

  • How widespread the problem of infertility is

  • How likely is either gender to experience infertility

  • How age and fertility are related

  • The most common cause of infertility in women

  • How social media can make infertility more emotionally challenging—and how it can help

  • Why in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) can increase stress

  • Why women usually feel responsible when they’re having a hard time getting pregnant

  • Why women tend to suffer in isolation

  • The cultural pressures that make infertility even more challenging

  • How fertility medications affect mood

  • Why couples can get out of sync when they can’t conceive

  • How to head off post-partum depression if you do have a baby


Learn More

> Catherine O’Brien’s Happy With Baby website

> Happy With Baby YouTube channel

> Happy With Baby on Facebook

> Happy With Baby on Instagram

> Happy With Baby on Pinterest

> Happy With Baby on Twitter

> Resolve, the National Infertility Association

> National Infertility Awareness Week

> Pospartum Support International — 800-944-4773

> A Mother’s Heart (Sacramento, Calif.)

> Progression Counseling


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