Nashville Fertility

Stress and Infertility Treatments

Psychological Impact of Stress and Infertility Treatments

IVF can create additional stress for those who may have already endured multiple disappointments. There is no question that it can be physically and emotionally difficult for a number of reasons. For some it may be the last step toward achieving a biological child. For many, an IVF treatment cycle may disrupt work, school and daily schedules. This is compounded when one lives a significant distance from an IVF program, resulting in long daily commuting, separation from one’s spouse if commuting is unrealistic, or additional expense for unfamiliar accommodations during treatment. In the midst of this couples want to realistically confront the odds for success while remaining optimistic enough to endure a regimented treatment program.

Fortunately, there are ways to decrease these stresses and make the process a positive experience. Research studies have shown that couples who know what to expect are best able to endure these processes and use their own natural coping skills to their best advantage.

The following strategies can assist you during this time period.

  • Become well informed about IVF. Understanding the process and knowing what to expect during each step will lessen your anxiety about the procedure. This information may be obtained through our brochures, our doctors and nurses, our website, and multiple sites published in books, articles and on-line.
  • Be realistic about your expectations. The average chance of establishing a pregnancy is 40% each treatment cycle in our program. If pregnancy does not occur, a cycle will still contribute valuable information, which can assist in planning a subsequent treatment.
  • Set limitations and make decisions cooperatively with your partner.
  • Make decisions ahead of time. Discuss your feelings about emotional issues such as cryopreservation, the use of donor semen, the number of cycles you would consider, and what friends or family members you wish to include in your confidence.
  • Ask for emotional support from these friends or family members and talk about your feelings.
  • Keep life simple. Plan activities that are entertaining and relaxing. Bring familiar items from home if you are staying in a hotel.

Resolve is an excellent organization dedicated to helping infertile patients.  Please check their website for local support groups and resources.   We also strongly suggest you see a counselor experienced in working with infertile couples prior to beginning this process. We have counselors available who can talk to you about the stresses involved with infertility and treatments for infertility. They are able to suggest ways to cope with these stresses and are there for you during difficult times.

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