Infertility Coping Strategies
Coping with infertility and infertility treatment can be a complex, stressful experience. Below are a few suggested coping strategies to consider when facing infertility. For information on counseling at GIVF, click here.
Understand Your Infertility Treatment
Knowledge often reduces the fear and anxiety that contribute to stress. Review this entire manual so that you are familiar with the tests and procedures you will have. If you have questions, please be sure to ask your physician or nurse to explain anything you may not understand. We know that you are receiving a lot of information and that at times it may seem confusing. Remember that we are here to help.
Participate in Your Infertility Treatment
Write down any questions that you may have. Record your thoughts, concerns, or observations. Also, take notes during your meetings with your medical team and provide constant feedback.
Track Your Infertility Treatment
Keep track of all information related to your care. Record your tests and procedures and the dates and fees associated with them. Record your medication dosage, frequency, and duration. Review your insurance information to be sure that you are receiving the maximum benefit allowable in your plan. Keep a journal to record this experience.
Take Care of Yourself
Be gentle and kind to yourself. Don’t neglect your overall health; be sure to eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. Indulge yourself occasionally.
The empathy and objectivity of a good counselor can help you understand and deal with the intense emotions associated with infertility. Strength and perspective can also be gained by sharing your experiences and feelings. It helps to know that you are not alone. We offer on-site counseling that many patients find helpful.