Anyone who has struggled to conceive a child knows that infertility can put a huge amount of stress on you and your partner. What's worse is that stress can often inhibit your efforts to conceive.
For the sake of you and your partner’s physical and mental health, it's important to take measures to reduce the stress you feel when trying to conceive. Here are some ways to do so:
Allow Yourself to Be Sad
Struggling with infertility is an extremely emotional experience. Rather than bottling up your feelings, express them. No one can fault you for feeling frustrated or upset during this time, so allow yourself to be sad and release those negative feelings. You'll feel much better being open about things than keeping them to yourself.
Understand What’s Happening
If you're not completely informed about the struggles of infertility, you can sometimes feel as if you're the problem and it's your fault that you haven't conceived yet. Speaking to a professional, and understanding everything that goes into conceiving, can help reduce the stress you feel and better help you navigate this process.
Learn Your Alternative Options
If you're struggling to conceive the “traditional” way, it can often be beneficial to look into alternative options of having a child. Considering intrauterine insemination, IVF treatments, egg donors, or even adoption can significantly reduce your stress levels simply by knowing there are other ways for you to become a parent.
Don’t Make Conceiving Your Life
If you're spending the majority of your time focusing on and trying to conceive a child, the entire experience can become very stressful for you and your partner. Rather than making conceiving your sole focus, dedicate time to other things in your life. Plan fertility-free days and date nights that put the focus back on the love you and your partner share.
Join a Support Group
One of the most comforting things to know during this time in your life is that you're not alone. Joining a support group or speaking to a counselor can help you and your partner feel more at ease knowing that you are one of millions of people that struggle to conceive. You can even speak to other members of the group about ways they cope with infertility. Find out if an infertility support group is right for you»
Our caring staff is aware of the stressful and emotional difficulties you and your partner may be going through during this process. We’re proud to offer a warm, friendly environment where you can learn more about your options and pursue treatment with a supportive team dedicated to achieving a positive outcome.