Dorothy Greenfeld, LCSW

Dear Dorothy: My co-parent and I have made 6 attempts to get pregnant with no luck. How can I tell if I’m getting depressed by these failed efforts?

Dear Sarah: If you are depressed, you’re not alone – this is a common occurrence with failed attempts at fertility. Things to look out for include feelings of isolation / loneliness, a change in your eating or sleeping patterns, losing interest in your regular activities and constantly thinking about issues relating to your fertility all the time.  You may also experience changes in how you communicate with your co-parent (and others), even if you may not be aware of it.

If you feel like you’re having some or all of these symptoms of depression, a meeting with a counselor could prove to be very worthwhile.  Good luck!