Coping with the Struggles of IVF
Dealing with infertility and going through fertility treatments like IVF can be stressful to say the least. Not being able to conceive along with the physical symptoms that treatment including hormones can cause is a lot to handle and cause problems in your marriage as well as your relationships with your immediate family and friends. Coping can be difficult, but it’s not impossible, and it’s crucial for your mental and physical health that you find a way to deal with the stresses and what you’re feeling.
A Little Patience Goes a Long Way
It’s easy to fly off the handle or be overly sensitive when you’re struggling with something that others may not be able to relate to. Add to that your hormone levels being all over the place and it doesn’t take much to get upset. Many times, friends and family may say the wrong thing pertaining to your issues about infertility. As frustrating as it may be, you need to remember that it’s not intentional and a lot of the time people just don’t know what to say under these circumstances. Try your best to be patient because they’re there for you and want the best for you. Having people to lean on when you’re going through hard times is a blessing. Getting upset only puts your relationships in jeopardy as well as your well being.
Your Marriage and IVF
Coping with IVF and fertility issues can be all-consuming if you let it and before you know it, all you and your partner ever seem to talk about is getting pregnant or why you haven’t been able to get pregnant. This can take quite a toll on a relationship and put further strain on your relationship when you need each other the most. Remember to set some time aside for just the both of you that has nothing to do with conceiving. Go see a movie, head out for a meal and enjoy some time as a couple.
Infertility tends to exacerbate marriage conflicts. If you are having problems with your marriage because of the stresses of infertility then you might want to seek marriage counseling to help you through this time. Another option may be to join a support group for couples who are simultaneously going through treatments for infertility so that you can speak to others who can relate and offer valuable insight. A willingness to talk things out and to be a good listener can make all the difference in the world.