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Managing stress

Couples struggling with fertility will experience a considerable amount of stress, strain and emotional turmoil.

The stress a woman experiences from infertility is comparable to the stress felt by a person suffering with a major medical illness like cancer.

Does stress actually cause infertility?

This is unknown but it can certainly interfere with ovulation and a normal sex life. Timed intercourse can be a difficult thing to get used to.

From the initial diagnosis through the testing period, couples can feel stress, fear and extreme anxiety. There may also be a sense of relief and hope for the future.

Unsuccessful treatment can also lead to a great deal of heartache, disappointment and stress for couples. It’s important to stay positive, lean on and support your partner through the journey;

  • Research, educate and gather as much information as you can to understand the cause of your infertility and your treatment
  • Confide with a close friend or seek support and understanding from someone else receiving treatment for infertility
  • Avoid telling too many people, sometimes it can be difficult to deal with all the questions and advice from well-meaning loved ones
  • Keep moving and get active! Exercise reduces stress and try yoga to help relax the mind
  • Find joy and escape in doing your favourite things; take a relaxing bath, listen to your favourite music, read and stay positive
  • Keep busy; try to focus on your everyday life rather than sitting at home watching the clock
  • Join support groups; there are so many couples going through infertility and sometimes you need to find solace in someone who truly understands what you are going through
  • Don’t be afraid to seek counseling on strategies to cope
  • Seek alternative therapies to help you to manage (an acupuncturist, reflexologist or massage therapist can help)