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3 Ways to Handle Stress During Fertility Treatments

March 21, 2019
By REACH Fertility

If you ask anyone who has struggled when trying to conceive, they’ll all agree: infertility is stressful. Many couples who’ve spent months or years trying to conceive without success often feel a sense of relief when they find out why they’ve been unable to achieve a pregnancy. But the fertility treatment that follows often comes with its own stressors that can take a toll on them.

While stress has no impact on the success of fertility treatments, it can negatively impact mental and emotional health, as well as testing the relationship itself. To help couples struggling with how to handle infertility-related stress, the fertility experts at REACH Fertility Clinic in Charlotte, NC offer three tips on how to handle stress during fertility treatment.

Practice Gratitude

It is amazing what a positive outlook can do when you’re facing difficult times. Maintaining a positive outlook has been shown to foster emotional resilience, which is crucial for those who are trying to manage stress. One great way to develop a positive attitude and increase emotional resilience is by practicing gratitude. By focusing on all of the wonderful things in your life, you can gain a greater sense of emotional well-being, happiness, and overall life satisfaction. If you’re struggling with stress during your fertility treatments, try taking up a daily gratitude practice where you take time each day to think about everything in your life you have to be thankful for.

Get Moving

Getting in regular exercise isn’t just good for your physical health – it’s great for your emotional health too! When you get your blood pumping during exercise, your body releases endorphins – causing an increased sense of well-being and happiness. Exercise also works as a form of moving meditation, allowing you to focus on your workout and release the worries of the day.  Finally, regular exercise can help improve your sleep – often negatively impacted by stress – and help you wake up each morning refreshed and rejuvenated.

Share What You’re Feeling

Sometimes, one of the best things you can do when you’re under a lot of stress is to get everything that you’re feeling out. Whether that’s through joining a support group for those dealing with infertility, seeing a therapist, or even just writing down what you’re going through in a journal, finding an outlet for your emotions can help you process them. If you need additional help, REACH Fertility Clinic patients also have access to Dr. Eugenia Gullick, REACH’s resident psychologist specializing in helping patients struggling with infertility cope with the physical, emotional, and mental stress associated with infertility. Dr. Gullick has over 20 years of experience working with the patients at REACH and can help you find ways to handle your fertility treatment related stress. If you would prefer to speak with other women struggling with infertility, you can find a support group near you by visiting resolve.org.

While you’ll likely experience stress during your fertility journey, it doesn’t need to be unmanageable. By utilizing these three tools and leaning on your support system when you need them, you can get a handle on your infertility related stress. If you would like more information on ways to cope with stress during fertility treatment, or you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of our fertility specialists, contact us today at 888-551-0874.

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