Keeping positive during IVF treatment can be a challenge. You might not be able to get through every day as your usual upbeat self, but there are ways to stay positive during this time. While IVF can be an exciting time, as it means you’re one step closer to bringing home a baby, it’s also incredibly stressful. So, here is everything you need to know about staying positive during your IVF treatment!
Accept and release difficult IVF emotions
During IVF treatment, there is a need to accept and release difficult emotions. Most women can handle the stress of the treatment cycle. However, some women are more vulnerable to psychological problems and require additional psychological support. Many studies have been conducted to examine the psychological aspects of IVF treatment. Several studies suggest that IVF couples have a higher level of negative emotions than community controls. Despite this, more studies are needed to determine the long-term emotional response.
There’s a lot of hope during this time, but sometimes the fear of “nothing happening” makes treatment all the more challenging. Any fertility clinics offer counselling services to their patients. This is something that I would recommend looking into if you are struggling with anxiety and other emotions whilst going through IVF. A positive mindset can be helpful when going through treatment.
Take time to care for yourself
During IVF treatment, it’s important to take time to care for yourself. Taking care of your mental and physical health is necessary to help you deal with the emotional stress of treatment. Some of the best ways to take care of yourself during treatment are to get enough sleep, exercise, and to keep up with healthy habits. You can also try meditation to help clear your mind and relieve stress. If you’re worried about dealing with IVF treatment, seek professional support. A therapist can help you understand your fertility and work through your emotions.
Another great way to take care of yourself during IVF treatment is to spend time with your friends and family. This can reduce social pressure and help you reconnect. But it’s also important to set boundaries. Tell your family and friends what you’re comfortable sharing and what you’re not. Try taking a break from your usual routine. If you’re doing too much work or a lot of household tasks, you might be prone to anxiety. During this time, you will want to ensure that you’re getting supplements such as daily vitamins.
Plan for difficult times
Getting through an IVF cycle requires a bit more than the usual grit and a pinch of luck. Fortunately, many fertility clinics have a patient advocate or two on call who can point you in the right direction. You may have to make a few stops, but the result is well worth it. Plus, you will have the support of an entire team of experts. The following tips and tricks should help you make the most of your IVF experience.
First off, it is a good idea to establish a firm grip on your doctor’s schedule. If you can’t make the timeframe work, it may be time to consider another course of action. Consider what kind of IVF treatment you are slated for. Maybe there’s an opportunity to support IVF treatment with fertility massage and acupuncture instead of the more traditional route.
Talk to women who have had IVF setbacks
Whether you are undergoing IVF or are considering treatment, if you are worried about the treatment, it’s important to talk to women who have had setbacks. Their experiences can help you to avoid frustration and other negative feelings. It’s one of the best ways to help you set up realistic expectations. If you’re not sure where to find this support, Instagram has a great TTC/IVF community who readily share their experiences. It has been invaluable for me to connect with others who know what you’re going through.