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Tips to Overcome Stress During Infertility Treatment

| 04 Mar 2022 | 1684 Views |

Once you start exploring the right treatment for your infertility, stress begins at this point of time that you have to cope up right from the initial stage. While choosing the best treatment plan, several questions might flash in your mind like: Will the treatment be really effective? Will it be really affordable for me? Whether it is going to grab off much of my time? These can literally end up in a state of ambiguity. Also, infertility can take an emotional toll on couples and put them in a kind of stressful situation while undergoing the treatment. Managing this stress is not going to be an easy job but with strong support and right self-care, you can able to thrive through the journey.

Does stress impact infertilty?

Studies have shown that stress can impact fertility in both men and women. For women, stress can disrupt the hormone balance necessary for ovulation, making it harder to conceive. Stress can also impact the quality and quantity of eggs produced, making it harder for fertilization to occur. Additionally, stress can cause spasms in the uterus, making it harder for a fertilized egg to implant properly.

In men, stress can impact sperm count and motility, making it harder for fertilization to occur. Stress can also cause erectile dysfunction, which can impact sexual function and decrease the likelihood of conception.

While stress alone may not cause infertility, it can certainly play a role in reducing fertility. Couples who are struggling to conceive may benefit from reducing stress in their lives, whether through meditation, exercise, or therapy. By reducing stress, couples can improve their overall health and increase their chances of conceiving.

How to manage this stress during treatment?

The treatment of infertility is extremely safe and you may need not to think more about the side effects of medications or procedures. Some of the tips to overcome the stress are –

Be optimistic Try to get rid of pessimism in you by stop thinking whether the treatment can yield the productive result. All you need to do as a foremost thing is to build a strong belief in the treatment rendered by your gynecologist and in her service. Also, avoid feeling timid and shy that you cannot able to conceive naturally. Such things slowly discourage you from proceeding towards your goal. Having a prior in-depth knowledge It is essential to have thorough knowledge about the procedure of treatment and its pros and cons before you nod your head for the treatment. Any ifs and buts should be properly clarified from your gynecologist while taking your counseling.

Find out a motivator Seeking the help of mental health professional as a support team in your treatment process paves the way of boosting your self-confidence. They can lift you up whenever you feel discouraged and aids in transforming your initiatives into your accomplishments.

Seek support from your family and friends Your family members and loved ones are the best to provide emotional support to you throughout this journey. Avoid mingling with negative people who demotivate your thoughts and criticize you of being infertile. Don’t let unwanted advice and inappropriate questions from your friends dissolve your strategies.

Don’t suffer alone Approach infertility as a couple problem and try understanding that your partner also suffers from the same kind of stress and feelings. During this time, build an intimate relationship with your partner and discuss all your miseries and problems with him.

Engage yourselves in physical activities While undergoing the treatment, try allocating specific time to cultivate the habit of exercising regularly, doing yoga and meditation that can control your unnecessary thoughts and drives your attention towards the goal. You can also have some massages or bubble baths that can help you in destressing process. Getting involved in humorous talks or watching a witty show can relax your mind.

With advancements in medicine and technology, the problem of infertility has now sought a permanent solution of gifting you a wonderful baby. It is more your will power that is going to play off simultaneously rather than the medical science that can treat the problem of infertility. So be strong, believe everything is going to be fine and step forward to our clinic where we aid you in the path of success.

About The Author
Dr. Richika Sahay

MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst & Gyne), MNAMS, MRCOG (London-UK), Fellow IVF, Fellow MAS, Infertility (IVF) Specialist & Gynae Laparoscopic surgeon,[Ex AIIMS & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi]. Read more

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