When you’re struggling with infertility, you may feel isolated, stressed, and frustrated.
This is completely normal. The uncertainty of what’s to come and the stress of IVF treatments can compact these feelings.
But what you may not realize is that not only is stress a symptom of infertility, but it can also worsen infertility. That’s why it’s so important to manage your stress while experiencing infertility.
In fact, studies have proven that women who participate in stress management programs while undergoing IVF have a higher chance of successfully getting pregnant than those who do not participate in programs.
Here are 5 ways to manage the stress of infertility:
- Find community: Isolation is often one of the biggest challenges of infertility. Your friends and family love you and want to support you, but they may not be able to provide the kind of support you need. A community of other people who are experiencing the same thing can make the process less painful.
- Journal: Journaling allows you the time to process your feelings. Sometimes, simply seeing your thoughts on paper can help eliminate some of your stress.
- Meditate or pray: When you’re deeply stressed, it’s easy to reach for distractions. While distractions may feel good in the moment, they do nothing to help minimize your stress. If you’re religious, take some time every day to sit in quiet prayer. If you’re not religious, you can meditate or simply sit quietly and allow yourself to just be.
- Practice self-care: You may choose to take a bubble bath, take a nap, participate in a hobby, go for a walk, or do anything else that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable.
- Join the Fertile Mind Body Experience: This 6-week program connects you with women who are going through exactly what you are. You’ll learn practical tools to help you cope with the stress of infertility (and increase your potential pregnancy success rate). The FMBE is offered in partnership with Lisanne Wellness Center.
While you are experiencing infertility, be sure not to neglect your self-care and mental health.
Your Friends at Advanced Fertility Center of Texas