The holistic healthcare approach focuses on the medical treatment of all aspects of a patient’s needs, which means a patient’s psychological, social, and physical needs are all recognized, evaluated, and treated as a whole. While many cutting-edge fertility treatments are extremely successful in approaching the physical aspects of infertility, the anxiety and stress that is often associated with conception problems are not always resolved as directly. Treating the mind and the body is important to the success of fertility treatment. A holistic approach, in combination with advanced fertility techniques, can help to reduce the stresses associated with treatment and can aid in producing optimal results.
Although the physiological connection between stress and infertility is not perfectly clear, scientists do believe that chronic stress and anxiety adversely affects a woman’s ability to conceive. Unfortunately, the struggle to start a family can perpetuate an already stressful time and produce feelings of distress and isolation. The holistic approach to infertility focuses on the reduction or elimination of these negative thoughts and feelings. Through a variety of treatments and exercises, such as yoga, acupuncture, massage therapy, and meditation, women can improve the health of their mind and body, thereby improving fertility and pregnancy rates.
A center which specializes in integrative care for fertility, will help you to become familiar with a wide variety of relaxation techniques and coping skills, including:
- Recognizing and dealing with feelings of anger, anxiety, depression, and other negative thoughts and emotions
- Building a strong network of emotional support
- Coping with feelings of uncertainty and the ‘waiting’ that often accompanies fertility treatment
- Improving and strengthening your relationship with your partner
Fertility Centers of Illinois has partnered with Pulling Down the Moon, a holistic fertility sanctuary, that is dedicated to the physical and psychological well-being of women struggling with infertility. Call our helpful staff today at (877) 499-8730 to find out more about how you can better cope with the stresses of infertility—we are happy to help you.