In vitro fertilization (IVF) isn’t the easiest way to get pregnant, but it may be your only chance! Here are a few ways to reduce stress during infertility treatments, which may decrease anxiety and help you get pregnant successfully.
“There is ample evidence that lower stress levels mean better female and male natural fertility, though there is as yet no conclusive experimental evidence that lower stress levels result in better fertility treatment outcomes,” writes Daniel Campagne in a research paper entitled “Should Fertilization Treatments Start With Reducing Stress?” “However, first reducing stress may diminish the number of treatment cycles needed before pregnancy is obtained, may prepare the couple for an initial failure of treatment or even make the more invasive techniques unnecessary.”
Reducing stress during infertility treatments may not make in vitro fertilization (IVF) successful, but it can help by decreasing future treatments and prepare you if you don’t get pregnant right away. For more fertility information, click Conquering Infertility: Dr. Alice Domar’s Mind/Body Guide to Enhancing Fertility and Coping with Infertility. And, read on to learn how to reduce stress while trying to get pregnant…
How to Reduce Stress During Infertility Treatments – Make IVF Successful
Avoid unnecessary stress. If you and your husband are going through infertility treatments, try to avoid all the “extras” that cause stress: extra visiting with friends, extra activities that aren’t necessary, extra arguments, extra work commitments. Keep your life low-key and calm.
Take control of your home and work environment. To reduce stress at home, stop watching the news (it raises the blood pressure and causes anxiety!), declutter your space, play relaxing music, and make your home a haven. At work, stay away from negative coworkers, pressing deadlines, and rush hour traffic.
Consider acupuncture for infertility, or try yoga. My husband tried acupuncture for male infertility; it didn’t solve our problems, but he was surprised at how relaxed and peaceful he felt after the treatments. Before you try acupuncture to improve infertility, make sure you talk to your fertility doctor or reproductive endocrinologist. If you want to learn about yoga, read Yoga Tips for Couples Trying to Conceive.
Focus on the positive. Believe me, I know how hard it is to struggle with infertility treatments and not getting pregnant…and I also know that the more we focus on what we don’t have and what we wish we had, the unhappier we are. Instead of feeding your anxiety and stress, try focusing on how fortunate you are that you get the chance to try in vitro fertilization. Concentrate on your loving husband, your family, your friends – all the things in your life that you’re grateful for.
Eat foods that improve your chances of getting pregnant. Certain foods can reduce stress during infertility treatments, increase your chances of a successful IVF, and make you feel healthier and better. Read Fertility Diet Increases Pregnancy Odds for specific tips.
Do you want more tips on reducing stress while you’re trying to get pregnant? Just let me know in the comments section below; I’d be happy to write a second article with more suggestions.
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