How to cope with the stress of infertility
One of the worse things a couple can learn is that they are unable to have children. This very discovery can either make or break a relationship.
Having spoken with so many couples about their experiences I have discovered that everyone is affected in a different way, but one common factor is stress.
This post brings you ways of coping with the stress brought on by infertility.
The feeling of helplessness and hopelessness is real to the infertile couple, this feeling if left unchecked can wreak more havoc.
The commonest forms of stress are depression, feelings of anxiety, and mental health problems.
Here are 5 ways you can adopt to deal with stress
1. Identify your feelings: Sometimes it is very difficult to know which feelings you are exhibiting so it is important to identify your feelings. It might hep to Talk to a professional to help you get in touch with your feelings. Identifying how you feel is the first step in dealing with other emotions like anger, guilt, fear, jealousy and shame.
2. Seek Help for your situations : there are a lot of resources on fertility options. (see sources below) rather than waste precious energy on negative emotions, busy yourself by seeking help. Find out all you need to know about your issues. Your doctor should be your first point of call as they will kick start the treatment process.
3. Consider the options available to you. Your research should include cost, the type of treatment available IVF, IUI, Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, other alternatives such as adoption, fostering, surrogacy should be considered also. Advancement in medicine has made possible the impossible.
4. Have a support net work. It is much easier to cope with a stressful situation by talking to someone than by coping alone. Your support net work can be a close friend, who will not be judgemental or a family member like a mum or sister. It can consist of a group or an individual. Be sure they they are people you can count on to be discreet and to always be supportive. There are lots of support groups on social media You can join but only share if you comfortable doing so.
5. Take on a hobby: Find something to do to take your mind off the situation. It can be a passion you had packed away, hiking, fund raising for a good cause, cooking or writing poetry etc. The very act of being engaged in something rewarding frees your mind from the stress of infertility.
Finally always look on the bright side. No matter how worse or bad a situation feels believe it can get better.
So I encourage you to hope for the best.
Believe the best
and expect the best to happen.
Your Partner in Hope