Even though IVF is a physical treatment through which your physician will help guide you, there are also many emotional factors at work as well. It’s important that you receive emotional and physical help when dealing with infertility. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety are the enemies of pregnancy, which can make it even more difficult to become pregnant. When you’re sad, stressed, or angry about your inability to become pregnant, you decrease your chances of achieving this goal further.
There are many ways you can gain emotional support during your IVF experience, whether you choose to do so in a one-on-one or a group setting. Below you’ll find some support options which could be beneficial to you during your journey.
One of the ways you can ease the tension of the IVF journey is through a peer-led support group. These groups come together at a scheduled time and place, maybe weekly or biweekly, depending on the group, to discuss their own struggles or successes with infertility. Undergoing IVF can be a very lonely experience, even if your partner is along for the ride. Most couples who use IVF are surrounded by friends and family with seemingly no infertility issues.
By attending a peer-led support group, you can meet others going through the same struggle, express your worries and successes in a supportive environment, and feel positive about your treatment, rather than judged. You can find a peer-led support group in your area through online tools like resolve.org, or by asking at your local fertility clinic.
Online Support Groups
These groups can be a little less regulated than the physical peer-led support you’ll find in your community, but they are very helpful for couples who are worried about privacy or are unable to schedule physical meetings. Online groups don’t normally have a schedule to follow, but instead provide forums, online chat, and other methods of communication to allow individuals within the group to share stories and offer support.
You can find an online fertility support group through an online search. Be cautious about which one you choose, as you don’t want to open yourself up to negativity from fraudulent members. Sites which require an account are safer than open membership sites because they require a certain level of commitment to join.
Counseling or Therapy
For some, a support group with other like-minded individuals going through a similar struggle isn’t enough. Some families require professional support from a counselor or therapist. Licensed psychologists sometimes specialize in cases of infertility and lend a helpful ear. Speaking to somebody at a professional level about your IVF journey can take some of the pressure off and help you feel in control.
Sometimes men and women undergoing IVF require couples therapy due to strains and stress in their relationships. A therapist can also help in this department, combining therapy sessions for your relationship and your combined worries about IVF and infertility. To find a psychologist or counselor in your area, talk to your doctor about a referral.
Friends and Family
It can be easy during IVF to bottle things up and hold inside instead of sharing your infertility with those you know. During this time, it’s more important than ever to find positivity and support, and not try to undertake this journey on your own. Being alone in something so huge can be overwhelming, and can make you feel like you’re drowning in the responsibility of it all. Even if you only share with one friend or close family member you trust, it can take some of the weight off your shoulders.
Here at Generation Next Fertility, we know that infertility is very common. We also know that you’re more than a statistic, and the negative stigma attached to infertility is completely unwarranted. As time goes on and more research surfaces, it will become easier to deal with issues related to fertility and sexual health. Until then, be sure to share the burden, and find the support you need. We’re here for you!