Recommendations to overcome the emotional impact of infertility
For those who try to conceive, the process of getting pregnant is much more complicated than just obtaining a diagnosis and/or treatment alternatives. In addition to the physical challenge involved, couples are confronted with emotional highs and lows associated with possible parenthood, or the failure of these treatments.
As time passes, and there is no success in pregnancy, it becomes more and more difficult to be positive about it and both women and men must take into consideration that emotional reactions to delays in getting pregnant are normal, and the frustration that you feel about it is absolutely valid. Therefore, couples should be proactive in finding ways to reduce their stress levels, here are a couple of suggestions:
Dealing with infertility is not something lightly, nor is it a small matter; In fact, many doctors and therapists classify infertility as a crisis and encourage their patients to recognize and treat it as such.
When crises are confronted and accepted for what they are, it becomes easier to overcome them.
When couples with difficulties getting pregnant are constantly being bombarded with ads from people who have no difficulty, with pictures of children, images of families with children, and everything you want to have. In these cases, social networks are counterproductive, and nothing more than a source of misery.
There are psychologists who rightly suggest doing "Facebook diets" as a remedy, and if you are one of those people who get depressed watching the posts on the Internet, even if it is strange, we recommend turning off social networks or even unfollow friends or acquaintances they tend to publish these types of posts, because when they are struggling with infertility they are harder to see.
Infertility attracts a whirlwind of emotions. Anguish, depression, frustration, loneliness, and questions; they are just some of the feelings that tend to surface.
There are times when our emotions become more manageable, especially if we can identify what triggers them. It is in these situations that we ask you to practice survival. That is, if you know situations that awaken difficult feelings, then avoid them, and give yourself permission to say NO.
Refusing invitations to events such as baby showers, christenings, children's birthdays, is synonymous with taking care of yourself if you do not do well, always put yourself in the first place and remember that the most important thing is to take care of yourself. On the contrary, strive to participate in activities that make you happy and fill you with hope and optimism.
Even when infertility makes us feel sad and overwhelmed, there is always a glimmer of hope that can be seen in the distance, and the pains become more bearable when pairs are located with the same difficulty, so we suggest you locate support groups from people going through the same difficulties.
In the United States, there is an organization called RESOLVE, the National Fertility Association. Their mission is to provide support and information to people who are experiencing infertility. RESOLVE has a large community of groups that can be useful to you. Also, there are many online groups where you can find virtual support from your peers from a distance, not only for women but also for them.
The most important is that regardless of how you find your ray of hope, we want to remind you that you have us here, to support you, and answer all your questions, but above all to wish you the best on your way to parental fulfillment.