Infertility is a major life crisis for
many couples. It may affect self-esteem, body image, sexual identity, life
goals, and sexual relations. When faced with the possibility or diagnosis of
infertility, you may experience a broad range of emotions, including:
Initial disbelief and denial followed by anger
Loss of control.
Guilt and blame. Finding
out that one partner is infertile can place strain on a
Increased stress, particularly if treatment requires
frequent testing and intercourse on a schedule.
Feelings of isolation. A desire for secrecy often can isolate a
couple from support systems such as friends and family during a time of great
stress. Counseling and infertility support groups provide vital assistance for
Social exchanges and situations may be painful when you see
others with babies or are asked about your plans for having children. Having
family members who are expecting children may contribute to your feelings of
stress, as may parents wanting grandchildren to continue the family lineage.
Tubal ligation is surgery to close or block a woman's fallopian tubes so eggs released from the ovaries cannot enter the uterus and sperm cannot reach the egg. The procedure is done to prevent pregnancy.
It is also called female sterilization surgery, or "getting your tubes tied." The fallopian tubes may be closed by:
Tying the tubes together
Sealing them closed using a ring or clip
Burning (cauterizing) them together using a mild electric current
Tubal ligation is intended...
When you have a long-term health problem, you may feel alone, confused, or scared. But you are not alone. Other people are going through the same thing you are and know how you feel.
Talking with others about your feelings can help you feel better.
Family and friends: Family and friends can help you cope by giving you comfort and encouragement.
Counseling: Professional counseling can help you cope with situations that interfere with your life and cause stress. Counseling can help you understand and deal with your illness.
Your doctor: Find a doctor you trust and feel comfortable with. Be open and honest about your fears and concerns. Your doctor can help you get the right medical treatments, including counseling.
Spiritual or religious groups: Spiritual or religious groups can provide comfort and may be able to help you find counseling or other social support services.
Social groups: Social groups can help you meet new people and get involved in activities you enjoy.
Community support groups: In a support group, you can talk to others who have dealt with the same problems or illness as you. You can encourage one another and learn ways of coping with tough emotions.