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 moving on from infertility treatments:
- Saying enough is enough to infertility treatment does not necessarily mean you have to have another plan or be ready to pursue other options. But how can couples approach the loss of having any genetic link to their child? How did you and your husband approach it?
- What about the loss of experiencing a pregnancy?
- RESOLVE recommends getting at least one second opinion before making a final decision. Do you agree? Why or why not?
- It is also recommended to set a deadline with your partner for stopping treatment, and make sure your doctor understands. I take this as not necessarily a set date but rather a milestone, such as after your second IVF cycle or something like that. What are your tips for setting this deadline?
- What if your deadline arrives and you still have frozen embryos in storage? How do you decide what to do with them?
- Do you recommend taking a trial break from treatments first to see how you feel about it? Why or why not?
- In addition to the impact stopping fertility treatments has on you and your partner, should you also take into consideration how it will impact the other people in your life? Why or why not?
- What are some of the other options couples might want to consider after stopping fertility treatments? How might this discussion go?
- What happens when you and your partner disagree about discontinuing treatments or the alternative options?
- What final tips do you have regarding moving on from infertility treatments?
BONUS: Check out BONUS 17 for a discount code for some of Dr. Rothenburger’s services.