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STRESS AND INFERTILITY - EmbryoClinic
Infertility is a stressful experience. Experts often say that it is experienced as a crisis by many couples. Caring for the emotional and psychological well being of each patient is just as important as the fertility treatment itself. For this reason, our Centre draws on many different support resources and integrates them in the Fertility Program.
STRESS AND INFERTILITY
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Caring for the emotional and psychological well being of each patient is just as important as the fertility treatment itself.
For this reason, our Centre draws on many different support resources and integrates them in the Fertility Program.

Infertility is a stressful experience.
Experts often say that it is experienced as a crisis by many couples.
From the moment we are born we begin planning the future, we dream of what we want to be when we grow up, whether we want to get married, have a family, etc.
Most kids see themselves as parents in the distant future.

So when a fertility problem is revealed and a couple realizes that something taken for granted, such as having children, will require medical intervention, stress is a natural reaction.

EmbryoClinic’s goal is to offer support to couples and reduce the stress associated with infertility from a medical, emotional and financial perspective.
Couples are encouraged to lean on support networks (forum, blog) by utilizing our available resources so as to create an environment tailored to their individual needs.
Seeking and accepting support establishes a safety net – the more the connections, the safer the couple feels.

A strong support network encourages the couple during their most trying moments and gives them the strength they need to realize their dream.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is stress responsible for my infertility?

Probably not.
Even though infertility causes a substantial amount of stress, there is no evidence that it is a direct cause of infertility.
In some cases, intense stress may disrupt hormone levels and, consequently, cause a delay in or no ovulation. It may disturb a couple’s sexual life.

Does infertility make me stressed?

Maybe.
Many couples in a Fertility Program are very stressed, e.g. cancer patients or those suffering from heart disease.
Sub fertile couples experience stress every month: initially hoping that the woman will conceive and, if she does not, dealing with the disappointment.

Why is infertility stressful?

Most couples plan their lives. They believe that, if they work hard for something, they will achieve it.
When faced with infertility, they feel they have lost this control. Tests and fertility treatments can be physically, emotionally and financially draining.
Infertility can create distance between a couple, hence increasing stress levels. Finally, a couple must sacrifice a lot of time for doctors’ appointments, treatments, etc., robbing time from work or other activities.

What can I do to reduce stress?

  • Talk to your partner.
  • Realize that you are not alone. Talk to others who have similar fertility problems through counseling or support groups.
  • Read books about infertility, you will discover that your feelings are normal and this may help you deal with them.
  • Try meditation, yoga or acupuncture.
  • Avoid excessive intake of caffeine, alcohol or other stimulants.
  • Exercise regularly. It helps release physical and emotional tension.
  • Establish a treatment plan with which you feel comfortable.
  • Learn as much as you can about the causes of infertility and the treatment options available.
  • Clarify what your insurance covers and determine how you are going to fund your treatment.