- Know that you are not alone
One in eight couples have trouble conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy. While it may feel like you are alone in this experience, there are plenty of other people who are feeling similar emotions. If you need extra reinforcement, consider joining an infertility support group.
- Remember that this is your decision
You and your partner chose to begin IVF treatments, and this has nothing to do with anyone else. Remind yourself that this is a personal experience and that external options cannot influence it.
- Be as open or as private as feels comfortable
Just as it is your decision how to handle your infertility, it is your decision how open you are about it. If you feel more comfortable only discussing it with your partner and inner circle, do that. If you are more open and would like to write a blog about your experience, start one. Express yourself in whatever way feels most comfortable.
- Focus on the outcome
When you are feeling bogged down by the opinions of others, the IVF price, or the physical procedure, remember why you started in the first place.
Your ultimate goal is to become a parent, so remember that. You are starting a beautiful journey.
- Build a support system
During this difficult time, surround yourself with caring and positive people. Have someone, or several people, other than your partner to talk to about your infertility and IVF. Feeling supported and loved is important when you are going through an emotionally taxing experience.
You and your partner are making a courageous decision to reach your dreams of becoming parents. When you are feeling any outside pressures or doubts, take the time to reflect on your purpose for beginning IVF. Use all of your support resources to remind you of your strength.