Struggling with the stress of fertility treatments? We have you covered. Here are the most common causes of stress during this process and how to cope:
Do you feel anxious about IVF?
Positivity is key. Tell yourself that you can do this and take it day by day. Choose your IVF treatment team carefully and make sure your comfortable with them to avoid more anxiety. Work with a fertility center that you feel confident and comfortable asking questions.
Are you afraid that IVF treatment will fail?
Don’t be afraid of failure. Consider your first round of IVF treatment as part of your diagnosis. If it is not successful the first time, understand that your physician will help treat subsequent IVF cycles that will involved perfecting the treatment for optimal success.
Are you confused about your IVF treatment options?
Stay educated. Knowledge is power, and researching the process, success and disappointments you may encounter will keep you at ease when undergoing IVF treatment.
Are you uncomfortable taking hormone drugs for IVF?
If yes, talk to your physician about it. Ask about potential risks and benefits associated with specific drugs and if they are the right choice for you.
Are you scared of getting frequent shots with IVF?
Get help from a cognitive behavioral therapist. He or she can help you to overcome your fear of needles.
Do you feel alone in this process?
Seek emotional support from a counselor or therapist for comfort. Another option is a support group with other women who are experiencing the same thing you are. You may help someone else, too. Helping others is empowering, and may remind of you of your own strength. Ask your fertility center about support groups near you.
Do you feel like it’s all your fault?
Pull yourself away from your “reproductive self”. If your treatment fails, it does not mean that you are a failure. If you are following the recommendations of your physician and are maintaining a healthy lifestyle, there is not more right you could do. Try relaxing, meditating, breathing and positivity moving forward.
Are finances a concern?
If you are concerned about affording IVF, map out the costs associated with your treatment plan. Get a better understanding of what to expect on the treatment journey so you can prepare yourself for what’s to come.
Are you feeling depressed about infertility?
You are not alone. Most women undergoing fertility treatments feel depression, stress and anxiety along the way. Reduce any emotional distress by practicing deep breathing, meditation, muscle relaxation and visualization. If you feel you need more professional help, talk to a counselor or therapist.
Get Help From Friends and Family
Is there a friend or family member that you trust and can confide in? Don’t be afraid to talk to your loved ones about needing help and support during this process.