Category Archives: Psychology

IVF and work. How can you combine the two?

If you are in the middle of an assisted reproduction treatment you will know that it is not easy combining it with your day to day. What’s more, it often takes its toll on emotional, social and professional life. It is this last issue that we want to address today in response to the question: how can treatment be combined with a job? Doctor’s visits, blood tests, injections and ultrasounds – all of this has to be reconciled with working … Continue reading IVF and work. How can you combine the two?

Recommendations for being pregnant and single

being pregnant and single

Going through pregnancy on your own requires a lot of inner strength, as experiencing it with a partner provides emotional support. A single pregnant woman has to be twice as strong as a person going through pregnancy with a partner, regardless of whether her partner is a man or woman. In this sense, we are talking about dealing with household chores, working and spending leisure time alone. As the pregnancy develops, balancing normal life with being pregnant and single becomes … Continue reading Recommendations for being pregnant and single

After treatment that uses gamete donation, is telling children where they come from recommended? When should you start to tell them?

gamete donation

  Current scientific research suggests that telling children where they come from is beneficial, while hiding this information from them can cause significant psychological damage. The law states that it is up to the parents to decide whether or not they tell their child where they come from. The following are affirmations or questions that often arise for people who don’t want to tell their children: “Would my child accept me if they knew I wasn’t fully their mother or … Continue reading After treatment that uses gamete donation, is telling children where they come from recommended? When should you start to tell them?

Main concerns and necessary strengths of women who decide to have children by themselves

This issue was discussed with our psychologist Alfredo García to understand the concerns of women without partners, or without a male partner, who decide to embark upon the journey of motherhood. If you are seeking to become pregnant without a partner through a fertility clinic, you might be affected by three conditioning factors: Undertaking treatment alone, without a partner Reconciling personal life with work life, and with treatment Dealing with the emotional stress involved with treatment. Any of these three … Continue reading Main concerns and necessary strengths of women who decide to have children by themselves

Guide of recommendations and techniques for creating and nurturing leisure time

nurturing leisure time

We ask you to bear in mind that the options available vary depending on the activities that can be done alone, those with your partner, those with friends or those in a group that has been specifically created for this purpose. This could be a theatre group, a film seminar, organised groups that go on cultural outings or reading groups. Sharing group activities and creating group dynamics can put positive feedback mechanisms in motion: you meet new people that you … Continue reading Guide of recommendations and techniques for creating and nurturing leisure time

Leisure and free time

free time

In the previous post ‘The importance of emotional balance‘ dated 5 February 2015, we talked about how adapting to fertility treatment is crucial. To do this, people undertaking treatment should place their entire faith in the doctors, leaving them to oversee the treatment in all its scientific aspects. As we began to explain, it’s important for the people involved to focus on the social and psychological aspects of the treatment. This includes creating ways of dealing with stress and reinforcing … Continue reading Leisure and free time

How to approach fertility treatment to prevent social isolation

social isolation

Sharing infertility problems with other people helps to decentralise the problem and take pressure off the couple, so that the individual people within that couple are not solely responsible for supporting their partner. It’s helpful for the couple to get the right kind of support from people that love them, understand the problem and respect their decisions. Generally, these people are family members or close friends. To avoid further stress being created by the people who are supporting the couple, … Continue reading How to approach fertility treatment to prevent social isolation

Social Isolation

One of the most frequent consequences of fertility problems and fertility treatments that couples experience is social isolation. Social isolation can occur due to a series of factors that are looked at in more detail below. Self confidence When people have fertility problems their self-esteem and energy levels are naturally affected. This is due primarily to feelings of fear and sadness, but also to feelings of shame associated with a historical tradition that connects fertility with human worth. All the … Continue reading Social Isolation

Normalising sexual relations throughout assisted reproduction treatments

What is sexuality? Sexuality is a central aspect of human identity throughout a person’s entire lifetime. It encompasses sex, identity, gender roles, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy, reproduction and sexual orientation. Sexuality is expressed and experienced through fantasy, desire, belief, attitude, values, behaviour, practices, roles and interpersonal relationships. Sexuality is influenced by the interaction of biological, psychological, social, economic, political, cultural, ethical, legal, historical, religious and spiritual factors. “Sexuality is constructed in a person’s mind through the experiences they have in relation … Continue reading Normalising sexual relations throughout assisted reproduction treatments