Stressed and Struggling With Infertility – Try These Coping Mechanisms

You did everything you were supposed to do.  Yet, after trying on your own, you weren’t able to get pregnant.  It’s unexpected, it’s unfair, it’s stressful that something other people do every day by accident is seemingly out of your reach.  Fertility issues are among the most stressful situations that a person can experience.  That very stress can make fertility issues worse.

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Improve your mental health and fertility by learning how to cope with the stress of fertility issues:

Don’t Deny Your Feelings

Many people suppress their feelings in stressful situations believing that emotion is a sign of weakness.  That cannot be further from the truth.  It is common to feel frustrated, sad, angry, or depressed after receiving a diagnosis of fertility issues.  Ignoring or repressing your feelings does not help – you will not be able to move forward until you deal with your emotions.

Communicate

Although you and your partner may process things differently, you are both experiencing fertility issues.  It is highly unlikely that the two of you will handle this the same way.  Furthermore, it is unfair to expect your partner to have the same thoughts, feelings, and processes about your diagnosis.  Give each other space to work through things but continue to support one another.  Keep the lines of communication open and do not be afraid to tell your partner what you need from them and vice versa.

Get Educated

One of the most stressful parts about fertility issues is the unknown.  Understanding more about your diagnosis and your treatment plan can decrease your level of stress.  If a member of your fertility care team uses terminology that you do not understand, stop them and ask for clarification.  Write down questions so that you’re prepared when you speak with your doctor or nurse.  Clarity about your medical needs and your treatment plan can decrease your stress level.

Get Support

Talking with others who are going through similar situations can help eliminate the feeling of going through fertility care alone.  Join a support group and visit online message boards to communicate with others who are fighting the same fight.

Contact a member of our team today to learn more about support groups and therapy for those who are dealing with fertility issues.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

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