Low mood, stress and anxiety can have a counterproductive effect on fertility treatment.
Studies show that ‘stress, anxiety, and depression have significant effects on energy, mood, interests and self-esteem, all of which may contribute to decreased reproductive efficiency.’
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while, you’ll be aware of the effect a negative pregnancy result can have on your mood, and vice versa.
So doing everything you can to maintain a healthy state of mind will benefit your overall wellbeing in the long run, improve your reproductive health and give your fertility treatment a better chance at helping you become pregnant.
Here are a few key things you can do to help create a mentally healthy approach to fertility treatment.
Be aware of the potential challenges
Knowing that female fertility begins declining at 30 and drops markedly at age 40, means you’ll be more aware of the various complications, outcomes and options available if your attempts at trying to conceive are unsuccessful.
Understanding that the success rate of these treatments can be low for women over 40 and recognising that results can vary from person to person, will help prepare you mentally for any potential complications or setbacks. Recognising this from the outset will help you maintain a healthy state of mind during IVF techniques, IUI or any of the other fertility treatments available.
However, despite the challenges associated with trying to conceive after 40, there are other challenges too, most notably – carrying a healthy baby to term. Unfortunately, the rate of miscarriage is and remains high during the entire pregnancy for women who are 40 and older. But, at Reproductive Health Group we are on hand to help you during every step on your fertility and pregnancy journey. We offer each patient personalised one to one care to support you through every stage. We’re not only here to help you have a baby, but we’re also here to support you throughout any challenges which may occur. This means that you can rest assured knowing that our team of experts will constantly provide support and the highest level of care.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
Like with any mental health provision, knowing what you can do to help yourself is a big part of keeping a healthy state of mind.
Although there are no sure-fire preventative tips that will ensure you don’t suffer from depression, anxiety or stress during your fertility journey, the same best practice advice applies in fertility, as it would in any other context.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during your fertility treatment is incredibly important for sustaining and improving your state of mind. Prioritise a good sleeping pattern, make sure that you’re getting at least minor physical exercise (preferably outdoors), and try to maintain a healthy and nutritious diet.
These tips are known to have a positive effect on mental health, so are definitely worth taking into account.
Acknowledge your feelings and emotions
If you’ve decided that you may need help getting pregnant, it’s likely that you may have experienced fertility-related challenges in the past.
Feelings of inadequacy, blame, disappointment, shame and a host of other emotions are not unheard of when a couple or individual fails to conceive. Making room to acknowledge these feelings, individually or within your couple makes you and your partner aware of your own and each other’s emotional state. This will allow you to come to terms with your emotions, support each other and move forwards.
Being available to speak to and support one another also avoids the possibility of distance between partners that can lead to feelings of isolation.
Knowing what to expect when you are trying to conceive is also incredibly important for helping you manage your expectations and protect your state of mind. Taking time out to mentally prepare yourself before and during your fertility journey will give your body a break and the treatments a chance to perform at their best.