Needles, cycles and waiting. Three words that characterise the IVF process.
Having treatment for fertility is emotionally and physically draining. No more so when undertaking a cycle of IVF. There may be a sense of grief, isolation, anxiety, and many more emotions.
Going through IVF is often likened to getting on a roller coaster. Times of renewed hope and anticipation and also of despair and disappointment. Despite the breathtaking science, the reality is often that Mother Nature ultimately controls the outcome.
The physical and emotional experience of fertility treatment is different for every woman and it can be a daunting prospect to start on a course of IVF. It can be helpful to get professional support before, during and after IVF regardless of the outcome to help maintain your mental health and help you to make sense of your experience.
Singles, same sex couples and heterosexual couples who are pursuing donor conception often seek support when contemplating the complexities of using donor sperm or eggs. It is beneficial to spend some time thinking through how to manage this with family and friends as well as the child.
At Happy Minds Psychology, our goal is to help patients explore and normalise their feelings, identify coping strategies, strengths and support networks and to take on their treatments with calm.
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