How to Cope with Infertility Depression and Stress

By: Women's Care Staff

When you and your partner started to plan for a family, you probably hoped it didn’t take long. However, life doesn’t always go as planned. The stress of coping with fertility problems can become overwhelming. Furthermore, when you try to increase your chances of becoming pregnant, you can become stressed. This can also cause depression. According to a study conducted at Ohio State University, stress can reduce your odds of becoming pregnant by 29 percent. Learning how to manage your infertility depression and stress can significantly improve your chances at conception. Our experts provided three effective ways to cope with infertility depression and stress. These methods don’t just provide relief, but can actually help improve your chance of becoming pregnant.

1. Start practicing yoga

Yoga involves a series of meditation and deep-breathing exercises. These naturally help you reduce and relieve stress. Doing one or two 90-minute yoga sessions per week can help reduce your stress levels by as much as 30 percent, according to a study published in the International Journal of Yoga.

If you never took part in yoga, don’t stress! Enroll in a beginner’s class and progress from there. You can also find many helpful beginner yoga classes online. When you finally do become pregnant, consider enrolling in a prenatal yoga class so you can stay fit throughout pregnancy.

2. Engage in cardio exercise

Cardio exercises such as running, swimming, cycling, and dancing help improve blood flow and circulation. This improves fertility health. Plus, cardio exercise helps the neurons in your brain learn how to react to stress in a more healthy way. Learning this results in a decreased risk for long-term stress. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests engaging in cardio exercise for 30 minutes, five days per week.

3. Dive into a major project

Tackling a major project, either personal or work-related, can battle stress by helping you feel more responsible and in control of your life. Some couples who face fertility problems tend to feel as if they’ve lost control of their lives due to their inability to become pregnant. However, assuming a leadership position at work or in your personal life can naturally help reduce your stress levels.

Ask your boss if you can lead a new high-level work project, or start working on a personal project you’ve been meaning to start such as writing a book, cleaning out the garage, or sorting old photos into a scrapbook. As long as you don’t feel stressed tackling a project, this should help take your mind off of things and create a positive distraction.

Women’s Care offers evaluation and testing that can help pinpoint the cause of infertility and determine which treatment would be appropriate based on your health history. Contact WCF to schedule an appointment and to learn more about how we can help you take care of you.

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