Keeping Your Spirits Up on Your IVF Journey
Part of the IVF & Beyond For Dummies Cheat Sheet
Infertility and IVF can be pretty stressful and at times you may feel sad and worried; you and your partner may even struggle in your relationship together. Follow these tips to help you keep sane during your IVF journey:
Become as well informed as you can about the ins and outs of IVF treatment.
Set realistic expectations for your treatment.
Have a plan B in case treatment doesn’t work for you.
Be actively involved in decisions about your treatment.
Make use of the IVF counsellors at your clinic.
Don’t bottle things up: Talk to your partner about how you feel.
Don’t blame yourself if IVF doesn’t work.
Keep doing the things you enjoy during treatment to give yourself a break from IVF. For example, continue with your hobbies or go for weekends away.
Try not to let treatment take over your life.
If talking about your feelings makes you feel better, confide in someone you trust.
Use the internet to get in touch with people with similar problems who understand how you feel.
Join a support group: By talking to others with similar problems you’ll realise that you’re not alone.