21 Oct 5 Tips for Navigating Infertility
Struggling with infertility can feel like a lonely battle, and it can be a difficult thing to face for sure. About 12 or 13 out of 100 couples in the United States have issues conceiving when they decide they want to have a child, so you are definitely not alone in your struggles. Facing the challenges that infertility can bring can be much easier with a good support system, skilled doctors and nurses, and a positive outlook.
Here are five tips for navigating infertility.
1. Be open about your infertility problems.
Many people keep their struggles with infertility to themselves, but it is far healthier to be open and honest about the situation to yourself and those in your everyday life. If your friends, family, and coworkers don’t know what you’re going through, they can’t be there for you.
2. Consider joining a support group.
Support groups exist for individuals and couples who are having problems conceiving, and these groups can be super therapeutic. People in these groups can be listening ears, shoulders for crying, and understanding souls when others in your life just don’t get what you’re going through.
3. Acknowledge your emotions about the matter.
Sometimes it’s easier to stuff feelings and ignore them instead of acknowledging; it’s a coping mechanism we humans have. But, this form of coping should only ever be a temporary thing. It is important that you cry when you feel like it, allow your frustration to come out when you feel it, and even get angry if you must. Allowing your feelings about infertility to come out brings about a more controlled state of being in which you can think more clearly and take steps to improve your situation.
4. Build your own infertility support network.
Support networks are important through all battles in life, including when you are having a hard time getting pregnant. There should be people you can talk to about your feelings that support you. If you don’t have close enough ties with friends and family members, seeking counseling and therapy is a good step toward building that support network you need.
5. Use stress-reducing techniques to feel better.
It is emotionally taxing to put so much of your time and energy into achieving a life goal, and sometimes, things can get tough. Things like yoga, massage, and even daily walks can help reduce some of your stress.
There’s never a reason to navigate through the emotions of infertility alone. Reach out to us at the Center for Fertility Support for more information about how we can support you on your journey!