If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it’s easy to fall into a vicious cycle: the longer it takes, the more stress you feel, and more stress can interfere with fertility.
According to a number of studies, there may be a link between psychological stress and fertility problems. However, it is not yet clearly understood how exactly such stress affects fertility, which makes it harder to develop effective stress-control strategies.
The approaches suggested here aim not only to better manage the stress related to your efforts to conceive a child, but also the stress of day-to-day life. The goal is to help improve your quality of life during what can be a difficult time.
Behavioural therapy has proven effective in a number of areas, including for people suffering from anxiety or depression. It is a method that seeks to replace negative thoughts (“I’ll never be able to have a baby”) with more constructive thoughts (“I’m doing everything I possibly can to get pregnant”). During sessions, the therapist will usually discuss your underlying reasons for wanting to have a child, in order to gain a clearer understanding of the situation and to assess other options (assisted reproduction, adoption) if you are unable to conceive naturally.
Yoga, meditation, breathing exercises—these are just some of the relaxation techniques that can help you manage your stress better. These techniques also have a positive impact on other manifestations of stress, such as insomnia or headaches.
Keep a diary
Keeping a diary can be a good way to step back and take a critical look at your emotions. It’s also helpful for organizing your thoughts when you feel you have no control over a situation.
Since a number of studies have emerged showing that acupuncture, a low-risk treatment method, offers certain benefits, many women are turning to this age-old practice.
It is important to choose an acupuncturist who is trained in treating fertility issues and who uses single-use needles.
Seek out support
If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, you’ll need the support of people who truly understand what you’re going through. Sometimes the support of well-meaning friends or family members can be more frustrating than comforting.
There are support groups for couples experiencing fertility problems. These groups meet at regular intervals, not only to share their experiences but also to enjoy social activities together. You can also join an online support community.
Your pharmacist is also there to advise and support you in your efforts to conceive, and to listen with an empathetic ear, so be sure to ask if you have any questions. They can also refer you to the appropriate resources if they are unable to help.