EMOTIONS AND STRESS DURING IVF TREATMENT
By the time your doctor recommends in vitro fertilization (IVF), you may have already experienced the years of stress and anxiety that often accompany infertility.
In vitro fertilization can be an emotionally, physically, and financially exhausting experience. In fact, patients rated IVF exposure as more stressful or almost as stressful as any other major life event, including the death of a family member and divorce.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF STRESS DURING IN VITRO FERTILIZATION?
Most often, stress and negative emotions are associated with possible side effects of the used medications, as well as the fear of failure. Despite the options for funding of the procedure (by the Center for Assisted Reproduction or municipal funds), paying for your IVF could raise concern.
TIPS FOR DEALING WITH STRESS DURING IVF
- Many couples are afraid of the procedure itself (whether there will be pain, potential side effects, success rates, etc.). Use the time you are at your doctor’s office to ask all your questions. We assure you that you will not look stupid. Information from a competent person can greatly prepare you for the upcoming procedures and reduce the fear of the unknown.
- Talk to couples who have already undergone in vitro fertilization. Of course, remember that each experience is unique and individual.
- Create a plan with your partner for the future. How many times would you try to get pregnant through assisted reproduction? What would you like to happen to unused eggs or embryos?
- Simplify your life as much as possible. Do not burden yourself with other important events unless necessary.
- Make time for sports, hobbies and any other activities that give you happiness.
Emotions and stress are often an inevitable part of in vitro fertilization. They are completely normal and expected, if they do not interfere with other aspects of your daily life. If you feel that your emotional state is deteriorating too rapidly, we advise you to consult a psychologist with experience in couples with reproductive problems.