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Mind Matters: Navigating Mental Health During Fertility Treatment

For anyone that is about to undergo fertility treatment, it's essential to prioritise your emotional wellbeing alongside the medical procedures. Let's take a closer look at the intersection of mental health and fertility treatment, along with strategies to navigate this challenging terrain.

Written by Apricity Team

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    The Emotional Landscape:

    Undergoing fertility treatment can evoke a range of emotions, from excitement and anticipation to frustration and despair. For every cycle that doesn’t work can feel like a blow to one's self-esteem and sense of worth. It's important to acknowledge these feelings and give yourself permission to experience them without judgment. Remember, you're not alone in this journey, and seeking support is not a sign of weakness but of strength.

    The Impact of Fertility Treatment on Mental Health:

    Research indicates a significant correlation between fertility treatment and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. According to a study published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, individuals undergoing fertility treatment are at a higher risk of experiencing psychological distress compared to the general population. Factors such as the uncertainty of outcomes, financial strain, and social stigma can exacerbate these feelings.

    Supporting your mental health through fertility treatment 

    1. Seek Support: Whether it's through therapy, support groups, or talking to trusted friends and family, don't hesitate to reach out for support. Sharing your feelings with others who understand can provide immense comfort and validation.

    2. Practice Self-Care: Make self-care a priority amidst the whirlwind of appointments and procedures. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, whether it's yoga, meditation, or simply indulging in your favourite hobby.

    3. Communicate with Your Partner: Keep the lines of communication open with your partner throughout the process. Share your feelings, fears, and hopes with each other, and lean on each other for support.

    4. Set Boundaries: It's okay to set boundaries and take breaks when needed. Don't feel pressured to constantly be on the fertility treatment treadmill. Give yourself permission to step back and focus on other aspects of your life.

    5. Mindfulness and Meditation: Incorporate mindfulness and meditation practices into your daily routine to cultivate a sense of calm and resilience.

    6. Therapeutic Techniques: Explore therapeutic techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) to cope with the emotional challenges of fertility treatment.

    7. Educate Yourself: Arm yourself with knowledge about the fertility treatment process and potential outcomes. Understanding what to expect can help alleviate anxiety and uncertainty.

    8. Stay Connected: Stay connected with your healthcare team and don't hesitate to ask questions or voice your concerns. Having a supportive medical team can make a world of difference in your journey.

    Navigating mental health during fertility treatment can be manageable. By prioritising self-care, seeking support, and implementing coping strategies, you can cultivate resilience and maintain your well-being throughout the process. Remember, your mental health matters as much as your physical health on this journey to parenthood. You're stronger than you think, and you're not alone. 

    At Apricity we offer unlimited supportive counselling for all our patients, with accredited fertility counsellors. Our care team comprises expert doctors, counsellors, nurses, midwives and advisors, and when you commence treatment with us you’ll be assigned a key advisor through the app. Our advisors are here for you 7 days a week through the app on Instant Chat or phone, to talk you through trigger injections, help you plan treatment, remind you about appointments and injections or just as an extra layer of support. 

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