May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Infertility affects both men and women mentally, physically, and emotionally. The ups and downs of the process can lead to high levels of stress, anxiety, anger, depression, marital problems, sexual dysfunction, and social isolation. These unfortunate side effects make the process that much more difficult, however it’s important to get the support you need so your self-esteem and outlook on life remain as positive as possible.
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month, and there’s no better time than the present to give yourself a mental check-up or a much needed mental health break! Your mental health plays just as significant a role as your physical health, especially while you are in the process of trying to get pregnant. In fact more and more research is being done to link stress and infertility with implications that stress may play a role in 30% of all infertility problems!
While it is virtually impossible to go through the infertility process stress-free, there are many ways to manage the stress with relaxation techniques. Here are some of the more popular methods for fertility patients…
- Aerobic exercise (may be reduced during treatments)
- Listening to music
- Massage therapy
- Self-help books
- Progressive muscle relaxation
- Support/educational groups
- Walking/ hiking
When to Seek Help and Where to Find It
There may come a time when simple relaxation techniques can’t ease the emotional pain of infertility. Learn the warning signs of depression and never be afraid to seek help when it’s needed most. For mental health resources, click on the RESOLVE’s (the National Infertility Association) Directory of Services. If there is not a doctor listed in your area, talk to family and friends about referrals and check with your insurance company for doctors listed in your plan.
The articles below provide great insight on coping with stress and helpful tips for stress relief during the infertility journey.
At CRM in Orlando, we understand the ups and downs of the infertility treatment process and are sensitive to our patient’s needs and concerns.