October 30, 2014
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Stay the course

Unsuccessful fertility treatment may take some time to process, and it can become very difficult to remain positive and hopeful, especially after numerous unsuccessful treatments. It is important to recognize that you will experience a range of negative emotions, which may include a sense of loss, feelings of depression, anger, sadness, guilt, helplessness, jealousy, and social isolation. Some shame may be attached to expressing some of these feelings, but they are a common and valid part of trying to get pregnant. But it is also important also to recognize that you need to maintain a positive outlook.

Stress is one of the primary emotions that will accompany you through this journey. Research suggests that stresses experienced by couples undergoing fertility treatments are more of a consequence of infertility than a cause of it, although stress may be a factor in trying to conceive. Also, if the stress persists, it may begin to play a role in treatment outcomes, since it can interfere with ovulation and affect hormone secretion. Learning effective ways to cope with stress can be vital to successful fertility treatment.

With the range of emotions you may experience, it is helpful to have tactics in place to cope successfully. For example, studies show that social support functions as a stress moderator, improving both partnership quality and psychological well-being. This is especially important for women. Also, maintaining social connections and continuing with the life you led prior to fertility treatment can help to normalize the situation. Not only will this help with diffusing your feelings, but it will also allow you to have an outlet for positive energy.

Other ways to cope successfully include exercising, eating properly, and getting enough sleep. You may be tempted to put all of those on the back burner during a stressful time, but the benefits to your mind and body, especially while trying to conceive, can make going through the fertility journey a more positive experience. In addition, relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing are all useful for decreasing stress levels and maintaining balance.

The stress and emotional ups and downs may tempt you to throw in the towel and give up on your dream of conceiving a child. However, giving up too soon is a mistake many couples make and later regret. Not everyone will have a successful result after the first treatment session; going through some negative outcomes will most likely be necessary before success is reached. Asking your doctor about the range of times to success for each procedure can be useful for easing some of the anxiety that comes with waiting. As well, although couples see fertility treatment as a difficult phase of their life, it has been found that they also acknowledge gains in their lives as a result of their experience with infertility, such as personal fulfillment, and realizing other goals or aspirations.

Maintaining an optimistic outlook enables you to handle situations better, decreases stress levels, and prepares you to face potential difficulties. Although it may be tempting to run up the white flag after failed treatments, keeping a positive attitude, managing stress levels, and maintaining a regular routine in life are vital to enduring treatment. Don't give up hope; dreams do come true.


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