Does fertility treatment affect a couple’s sex life pregnancy?
It is very common for a couple’s sex life to collapse when they realize they need fertility treatment. They have come to equate having sex with making babies and now that this link is no longer there, making love seems pointless. In addition, if one half of the couple has a fertility problem (as opposed to both partners), that person inevitably suffers a major psychological blow. However supportive their partner is, they always feel their masculinity or femininity is deeply affected and this naturally harms their libido.
Yet, it is vital for two important reasons that you do not fall into the trap of no longer bothering to make love. First, you never know: there is so much anecdotal evidence of couples conceiving naturally despite being told that they need fertility treatment to have a child.
I have regularly treated patients over the years who were about to undergo IVF or where the male partner supposedly had a low sperm count, and who spontaneously became pregnant. Secondly, sex is not just about babies. It’s about rapport, communication, and pleasure. And it’s about your relationship. So even if you need assisted conception in order to get pregnant, remember that sex is an essential part of how you function as an individual and as a couple, and it needs to be maintained for the long-term health and survival of your relationship.