How to Manage Infertility Stress
Dealing with infertility can take a toll on your body, mind and relationships. Infertility stress is both real and individual, so it’s important to identify coping strategies that work for you.
To help out, we’ve put together ideas to create relaxing and supportive moments as you deal with infertility.
The Impact of Self-Care
Treating yourself toregular massages or acupuncture sessions can provide an hour of well-deserved rest. It may also contribute to overall wellness that leads to higher IUI and IVF success rates. If you’re looking for something you can do with a friend to manage infertility stress, set up pedicure appointments or side-by-side facials.
Prefer alone time? Reserve 15 minutes a day to journal. Writing (or typing) about your feelings can help you process your emotions and experience. This can make a big difference when it comes to your mental health!
Movement is most often linked to physical health, but it also supports mental health. Being active helps increase chemicals like endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine that can help manage stress related to infertility.
Weight is the #1 factor that impacts your chances of getting pregnant, so taking a lunchtime walk around the office or committing to a regular yoga class will help you deal with infertility in more ways than one.
Take a Break
You may struggle with managing infertility stress, whether you know your body is contributing to your fertility challenges or the cause is still unknown. Either way, constantly focusing on cycle days, medications, and upcoming procedures can be overwhelming.
Know your personal limits and decide when it’s time to take a step back. Consider setting your regimen aside for a cycle or two to refocus on your relationship as a couple. Dealing with infertility is stressful for the strongest couples, so recommit to regular date nights and set non-baby goals for the year ahead like tackling that remodeling project or traveling to a new state park.
Talk It Out
Managing infertility stress is often too much to handle alone or as a couple.Use a trusted friend as a regular sounding board or seek out local support groups. RESOLVE offers a helpful tool for locating in-person or virtual support groups in your area. Being around others who truly understand your daily struggles can be an effective way for dealing with infertility.
A therapist can also help you process infertility stress. There are different types of therapy to try as you find what works best for you. You can even find a therapist that specializes in infertility.
Find an Infertility Pharmacy You Trust
Mandell’s Clinical Pharmacy understands that dealing with infertility includes managing infertility stress. We strive to take the stress out of infertility medications to help you care for your physical and mental health. Whether you’re looking for support, guidance, or information, reach out to us. We’re happy to help make the journey a little easier.