Coping with infertility can be upsetting and stressful, but you’re not alone. Support from counselors, friends, and loved ones can help you through the hard times.
How do I cope with infertility?
Having trouble getting or staying pregnant can be frustrating and even devastating for people who want to have a baby. One of the hardest parts of infertility is dealing with the emotional ups and downs. Caring for your emotional health throughout the process of trying to get pregnant is just as important as staying physically healthy.
Try to keep your stress level down by setting time aside for healthy activities that are enjoyable and relaxing, like meditation, reading, exercising, or taking walks. Leaning on friends, family, partners, therapists, and support groups can also be really helpful when you’re struggling with infertility.
There are lots of resources out there to help you cope. Talking about your feelings and experiences can help you process your emotions and ease your mind. Online and in-person communities that focus on fertility struggles are good places to meet people who understand what you’re going through and can offer advice and encouragement. Counselors and therapists can also be sources of help.
You can find more information on coping with infertility at RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. Your doctor, fertility specialist, or local Planned Parenthood health center may also have other resources and tips on finding support groups in your area.