Staying Sane Through Fertility Treatments
Fertility treatments are a very emotional process, as well as a physical one. Not only are you coping with frustration and medical procedures, you may also be taking drugs that can affect your emotions. You're also coping with the fact that you are sharing a very private part of your life with physicians and nurses.
Stress has been shown to play an important part in infertility, so it's important to try to stay as calm and even-keeled as you can during treatments. Try to remind yourself about all the good things in your life. Focus on the things you enjoy and that give you pleasure. It is easy to get wrapped up in the ups and downs of each cycle. You absolutely must make time for yourself. While you will have to pay attention to important dates, you can't let your fertility treatments consume your entire life.
Everyone undergoing fertility treatments can use a little support. For information, a helpline, and support groups, contact RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association (
Remind yourself that other options are available if the treatments do not work, and just concentrate on living your life as it is. Enjoy what you have and love now instead of always focusing on what you don't have. There are many pathways to parenthood, and you will find your way.
Living a Child-free Life
Many men and women choose to live a life without children. Whether you come to this choice after considering other options or after facing obstacles on the pathway to parenthood, it is a viable choice. Many people live happy, fulfilled, and meaningful lives without becoming parents.
There are innumerable ways that do not include children to make a difference in the world, leave a legacy, share your love, and find meaning. If you come to this decision, you need to work to embrace and revel in the freedom it affords you instead of letting sorrow overtake you.