Keeping on top of stress and anxiety
Whether you have just started trying to conceive or have been trying for a while, you may be experiencing an incredible mix of emotions, stress and anxiety.
It is important to remember that you are not alone in how you are feeling and support is out there should you need it. Whilst each and every person experiencing this is unique, it’s also important to remember that you are in a fantastically supportive fertility community that you can turn to for help and support. So, do take the time to acknowledge and come to terms with how this is affecting you personally, and as a couple. Talk it through with your partner, a supportive friend or family member, or write down how you are feeling in a diary or journal. But then do consider reaching out to the wider fertility community and support groups.
Where to turn to for support
With so many people having an opinion, it’s really important that you know you can turn to trusted sources of support and information. These would include:
- The Fertility Network UK provide information, advice, support and understanding. They have a support line, as well as online support groups across the UK. They also provide regular news updates
- The British Infertility Counselling Association are a professional infertility counselling association and can provide details of a huge network of fertility counsellors across the UK
- Fertility clinics. If your IVF treatment has been interrupted, ensure that you keep in regular contact with your fertility clinic to understand when treatments can be rescheduled and what your ongoing options are.
Self-care & taking time out to switch off
Whilst you have been going through your journey to start a family you will have understood the importance of self-care and making sure you are looking after both your physical and mental wellbeing. This is just as important now, so try your best to keep up those good habits of getting plenty of exercise, eating well and taking your folic acid supplements, as well as any other nutrients you feel might be lacking in your diet.
With the ongoing information updates about what we can and can’t do due to coronavirus, it’s also important to learn to switch off. If you find it hard to relax your mind, NHS information about mindfulness is a great place to start: NHS UK - Mindfulness (nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness)
Social distancing is still so important during these challenging times, and the online community has become a great source of information and inspiration. Take some time out to rid your social media of negative influencers and replace them with a bit of positivity and that ‘feel-good’ factor.
How can Dr Fertility support your journey?
Wherever you are on your fertility journey, our experienced team of experts are here to support you. There is no ‘minimum time trying’, long waiting lists or GP referral needed, we are here when the time is right for you. You can speak to a fertility doctor or nurse from the comfort of your home, 7 days a week at a convenient time for you.
Our medical experts can answer your questions and discuss your personal action plan including home fertility testing, positive lifestyle changes, referrals, and prescriptions from a doctor if required.
Consultations start from £65. You can find out more about the services we provide here: https://support.drfertility.co.uk/speak-to-a-fertility-expert
We have introduced our new Fertility Coaching Service, with our specialist Fertility Nurse Kate Davies to offer you emotional support on your fertility journey, so you can feel more positive, and more like you.
To find out if coaching is for you why not book a 20-minute introductory Discovery Session for £25.