Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Maria Rothenburger, a psychotherapist who specializes in infertility. If you haven’t already listened to it, she shared her personal infertility story in Episode 18.
Dr. Rothenburger and Heather discuss how men can manage their own emotions while supporting their partners through infertility:
- When a couple’s diagnosis is not male factor infertility, what kinds of emotions is the male side of the couple feeling?
- What about when the diagnosis actually is male factor infertility, or dual factor infertility?
- How can men better express their emotions so their partner knows what they’re feeling — and of course so they can healthily manage these emotions?
- What are some unhealthy coping mechanisms men should avoid?
- How can men support their partners while managing their own emotions?
- How can men involve themselves more in the fertility treatment process?
- Many men balk at the idea of getting a semen analysis. Why is that, and how should they really be approaching the situation?
- Sexual problems can arise for men (and women) regardless of the side of the couple the infertility is on. How can couples work through this issue?
- Beyond sexual issues, entire relationships can be strained as a result of infertility. How can men do their part to keep the relationship strong?
- What about relationships outside the couple — such as with friends and family. We recently had an episode about how women can manage these relationships, but what about men?
- To end the episode on a positive note, what is one last piece of hopeful advice you’d offer to men?
BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.