Congratulations - you have taken a major step towards becoming pregnant by visiting the fertility clinic. It takes a lot of courage to make it this far, and you probably have a lot to think about.
Digest the information you have received
- Review the fact sheets and literature you have received about your testing, diagnosis, and treatment options.
- Make note of any questions you have or things you don't understand.
- Phone the fertility clinic to ask more questions, or schedule a follow-up visit.
You may have been presented with a lot of medical information, and it makes sense to have more questions. Don't let any confusion or lingering questions cause you to abandon the process now - you have already taken some of the hardest steps. Don't hesitate to talk to your fertility clinic or someone from a support group.
It can be difficult to cope when you are having trouble conceiving. There are many unknowns: How long will it take? Will we be successful? What methods are most suitable for me? Hard work doesn't necessarily solve this particular problem, and the emotional stress on a couple can be considerable. Keep in mind that there are health care providers other than your fertility doctor who can help. For example, psychologists specializing in the area of fertility are people you can talk to outside of your friends and family. They are professionals who can provide an ear to listen to your concerns and help you cope and digest the information you have received.
Coping and planning
It may help to plan for the following:
- emotional turmoil
- emotional stress during treatment
- emotional effects of the outcome
Learn more about how to handle stress related to infertility.
Remember that a variety of treatments are available. The fertility clinic likely provided you with some recommendations for your specific situation. Consider these recommendations, discuss them with your partner, and explore your feelings. After all, your partner has a lot to process, too. Remember that you and your partner may communicate differently, deal with emotions differently, and solve problems differently. As a result, they also tend to cope differently with conception difficulties. Being aware of these differences can help you avoid misunderstandings and enable you to experience your treatment journey as a team. Even if things don't always go as hoped, you'll know what to do next and find the strength to continue. After all, you both want the same thing!