In today’s society, people tend to lead busy lives that involve lots of deadlines, responsibilities, and expectations. All of this can be overwhelming, but most people learn to cope with these routine stressors. However, when unexpected complications arise, stress levels can really increase. Fertility treatment brings a great deal of stress to many patients. The longer that fertility treatment goes on, the more stressful it is likely to be. Stress and infertility go hand-in-hand, so the odds of fertility treatment being successful can actually decrease with increased levels of stress. This just creates a vicious cycle of failed fertility treatments leading to more lengthy treatment, which results in more stress. At the Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE), we offer tips for coping with stress during fertility treatment so that our Fort Worth, TX, patients can promote good physical and emotional health while encouraging the success of fertility treatment.
There are many ways in which patients can cope with stress during fertility treatment. Some of these coping techniques will work better for some than others, so it is important for patients to test out different coping strategies and find one that works best for them. The doctors at CARE are happy to meet with patients one-on-one and help them create a stress management plan that will benefit them throughout fertility treatment. Following are some practices that we may recommend to patients dealing with the stress of fertility treatment:
- Counseling: In many cases, it helps a patient greatly to just be able to voice their concerns and feel like they are truly being listened to. Unfortunately, friends and family may not always understand what a person is going through, and many tend to shy away from conversations about infertility because they are unsure of how to respond. Counseling can provide a supportive environment where the patient is free to discuss their fears and talk through their emotions. At CARE, we are happy to provide counseling services to those patients who feel like this could be beneficial to their fertility treatment.
- Meditation: Meditation can be a great way to deal with stress because it is simple, free, and can be done anywhere. Even a few minutes of meditation a day may significantly decrease stress levels. During meditation, the patient focuses and quiets the mind to block out sources of stress. Many of those who practice meditation say that it brings them increased peace and self-awareness.
- Yoga: Yoga offers a way to focus not only the mind but also the body. By performing a series of stretches and poses, patients can strengthen the body and relax the mind. Yoga combines a lot of popular stress management techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, and exercise. Yoga can lower a patient’s heart rate, lower blood pressure, and decrease stress levels.
- Exercise: Yoga may not be right for everyone, but most patients can benefit from some form of exercise. Exercise has been proven to increase the production of endorphins, which are known as the brain’s “feel-good” transmitters. With as little as 30 minutes of exercise a day, patients may see a dramatic decrease in stress levels. Patients should speak to our fertility doctors before starting an exercise plan, because there may be some limitations during fertility treatment. However, most patients should be able to enjoy low-impact activities like walking and swimming.
At the Center for Assisted Reproduction (CARE), we care a great deal about the physical and emotional health of our clients. We are happy to provide support that allows patients to successfully manage the understandable stress of fertility treatment. To learn more about the stress management services offered at our clinic, contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!