Infertility Treatment: 7 Tips to Manage Stress
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
Infertility treatment can be physically uncomfortable, time-consuming, exhausting, and costly — all without a guarantee of success. The infertility experience for many can range from multiple diagnostic procedures through progressively more aggressive treatment options, all of which impose demands upon the emotional and physical self. It's no wonder that many women experience severe stress, depression, or anxietyduring treatment for infertility.
It is possible although difficult to relieve some of the stress and pressure of infertility treatment. Some tried-and-true stress control suggestions from former infertility patients and counselors include the following:
- Accept that you are experiencing a time of heightened stress and don?t try to downplay or deny its effects. You may find that you need to cut back on some or all of your nonessential obligations or activities for a while. Give yourself permission to say 'no' to nonessential commitments and demands on your time.