Author: Joann Galst
Having a friend or family member experiencing infertility can be tough on your relationship. It may even seem you can never say or do the right thing and they may be either irritable, sensitive, or isolating of themselves much of the time. While those of you fortunate in not experiencing infertility may never fully understand what your infertile loved ones...
By Joann Paley Galst, Ph.D., Chair, Path2Parenthood Mental Health Advisory Council
Endometriosis is a disease caused when tissue lining the uterus migrates and grows outside of the uterus, for example, on the outer walls of the uterus, the ovaries, or the fallopian tubes. When the hormone changes occurring during a normal menstrual cycle cause the tissue of...
The good news - more and more fertility patients are becoming pregnant, even after many cycles of intervention, some as a result of treatment, and others spontaneously.
The bad news - most are not enjoying this very longed for pregnancy, afraid to be hopeful, expecting the worst. Many worry, "Is this normal? Will I jeopardize the pregnancy? Why can't...
No matter how you slice it, the holiday season can be tough. Expectations often outweigh the reality, old family dynamics can re-emerge, and the focus on kids can be extremely painful for those experiencing their own fertility challenge.
However, you are not helpless under these circumstances. There are ways you can take care of yourself while getting through the...
The anticipated joy of parenthood when so long awaited, can create expectations that can be rather unrealistic, both of ourselves and our children. Following are twelve common myths of parenting after experiencing a fertility challenge:
1. Once I have a child I won't even remember our infertility.
The pain of experiencing infertility runs very deep. Although never forgotten,...
Now, just as Yogi Berra implied, when you reach that fork in the road, you are expected to make a choice and make a move. It can be useful for couples experiencing fertility challenges to discuss their feelings about various family building options and develop a tentative Plan B before reaching their treatment limit to remove the pressure of feeling...
Double Jeopardy: Infertility and Pregnancy Loss - Part I
By: Joann Paley Galst, Ph.D., Chair of Path2Parenthood's Mental Health Advisory Council
After months or even years of hoping, trying, and waiting, your patience and persistence is finally rewarded when you receive a positive pregnancy test. But elation can turn to despair when this precious, most wanted pregnancy is...
Double Jeopardy: Infertility and Pregnancy Loss - Part II
Joann Paley Galst, Ph.D., Chair of the Path2Parenthood Mental Health Advisory Council
Part I of this article reviewed some unique aspects of pregnancy loss after experiencing infertility. This week's article offers suggestions to help you deal with this most painful of losses.
What Can Help with your...