Facing an infertility diagnosis is a stressful event. When you know where to turn for support and information as you go through fertility treatment, it becomes easier to go through the process and to make choices that will improve your chance for success. Here are a few coping tips:
- Make time for yourself: It is all too easy to get wrapped up in the stress of the infertility diagnosis and treatment, which can be overwhelming. Finding ways to relieve stress and promote relaxation can help enormously, as you go through the diagnostic tests and treatment cycles. Some stress-relieving activities to explore are yoga, meditation, and therapeutic massage. “Self care” is not selfish; it is a positive way to bring balance into your life and promote well-being.
- Understand that your partner may handle the situation differently: Men and women cope with issues of fertility in different ways, which can cause tension in your relationship. Women usually need to talk more about the infertility and are more worried, while men are likely to hang onto a more optimistic outlook and want to limit discussions. It helps to know that gender differences are common. Try to be expressive with your partner and be honest about your feelings. It can help to set a specific time to talk and choose a time that is relatively calm.
- Know that friends and family may not be helpful: You might turn to close friends or family members to discuss your infertility, but you should have realistic expectations of the support or advice they can give. Unless they have been through a similar situation, they may not be able to understand your feelings or know what you need for support.
If you are seeking fertility treatment or support in the Chicago area, visit Fertility Centers of Illinois. Learn about our advanced fertility treatment options on our website or call us at (877) 499-8730. We always provide the most comprehensive and technologically innovative fertility care, including support from our on-staff psychologists.