Understand why it’s important to set realistic goals and develop an awareness of stressors and stress.
Make sure you understand some easy coping techniques to help manage the stress and emotions.
One of the most challenging aspects of the infertility experience is dealing with the emotional ups and downs relating to medical treatment, the uncertainty about outcomes, and the challenge of having to make important decisions such as when “enough is enough.” It is important to learn how to take care of yourself, make sure that you get the support you need, and to manage your emotions so that your self-esteem and outlook on life remains as positive as possible.
Holidays can be stressful, even in the best of circumstances. Expectations are at a peak. Pressure comes, both from the outside and within, to break out of the normal routine—to celebrate, and to enjoy. But for the person experiencing infertility, holidays can be the most difficult time of the year.
While stress does not cause infertility, infertility most definitely causes stress. Infertile women report higher levels of stress and anxiety than fertile women, and infertile women are more likely to become depressed. This is not surprising since the far-reaching effects of infertility can interfere with work, family, finances and sex. Finding ways to reduce stress, tension and anxiety can make you feel better.
It may be hard to know when emotional responses to the pain and frustration of infertility are within normal ranges or are excessive and problematic. Learn about the warning signs and when to seek help.
For mental health resources, check RESOLVE's Directory of Services.