Going through infertility treatments is grueling both physically and mentally. On top of the physical challenges, there are also emotional struggles. And, many factors contribute to making infertility treatments so stressful, which you’ve probably been dealing with for a while. All of that might put you in low emotional reserves now. So, here are some helpful tips and advice for you to cope with infertility.
Gather Your Support
There will always be some people who just don’t know the right thing to do or say. And, because of how emotionally you can be, it’s important to have some support. We suggest coaching close family members and friends on how you would like them to help you. Plus, having someone to talk to after an appointment with the doctors is comforting. In addition, you should also tell others in your workplace about your condition. Another helpful way is to join some online forums, which is a great way to get information and support fast. And, support groups are also available if you prefer a face-to-face experience, just ask your fertility clinic to refer you to one in your area.
Exercise is wonderful for releasing bad emotions. Plus, it can make us feel happy and easier to cope with what’s going on in our lives. For instance, walking is a great option because it’s safe and you can spend a lot of time outdoors. Whether you choose jogging, swimming, or yoga, it’s good to have some activity that can help you feel better and also keep in shape. By doing yoga, remember to tell your instructor that you’re trying to get pregnant. Keep in mind that your doctor might ask you to avoid certain exercises after the embryos have been transferred and while you are waiting to find out if you’re pregnant.
Control Your Thoughts
So much of the stress can come from your own mind. You might worry about the expense, wonder whether the next round will work, or think about what you’ll do if things don’t work out. On top of that, seeing others get pregnant and have babies can be really upsetting when you’re trying to deal with infertility. So, our tip is to try to not listen to your thoughts all the time.
Whether you’re currently going through an IVF cycle or you’re in between other treatments, try to focus on other things as much as possible. We suggest having new hobbies and pampering yourself. So, take some time off from treatments and focus on taking care of your mind and body. For example, going out for dinners and traveling. It’s very helpful to find a new place and forget everything you are going through.
Plan the Wait
Most people think that the most stressful part is when you’re doing treatments, including injections and retrieval. However, almost everyone will say it’s the 2 weeks of waiting from the transfer to the pregnancy test result. While some women like to take that time off because they find working is physically or emotionally stressful, others prefer to continue working as a way to distract themselves. So, if you decide to spend those weeks on medical leave, make sure to keep yourself busy a bit. Whether that’s with hobbies or getting together with friends and family, always plan ahead first.
Prepare for The Moment of Truth
As tempting as it can be, try to not take an early home pregnancy test before you are scheduled to take a test at the clinic. Because you are risking getting a false result by doing that. Instead, plan where you want to be when you get the result and whether you want your partner or family there with you. You should wait for the call and rather than picking up the phone, you can let them leave a message. Also, be aware that there will be a grieving period if it’s not successful.
The Bottom Line
Ultimately, the goal is to find acceptance of your own feelings and those of your partner. Infertility is not easy. Try to be compassionate with yourself and your partner as you experience this life challenge together. Whatever happens, don’t let infertility take over your life. In some cases, you may want to consider taking a break from trying to conceive. A break can give you time to remember who you are beyond your fertility, give you a reprieve from the stress of actively trying, and provide space to learn coping strategies. If you’re worried that you don’t have time to take a break, talk to your doctor. You may actually be able to take a step back for at least a few months, and this may make a huge difference in your emotional wellbeing.
Most importantly, know that this difficult time will pass. No matter how your infertility resolves with. You will eventually conceive and have a baby, adopting, or having childfree life things will get better.