Keeping Your Spirits Up on Your IVF Journey - dummies

Keeping Your Spirits Up on Your IVF Journey

By Karin Hammarberg

Part of 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.