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Coping tips for an IVF cycle

Going through IVF can be a challenging and emotional process, and trying to stay positive can be hard. No one is saying that you have to try and stay positive, but if you are feeling overwhelmed and quite simply just down, and need a lift, take a look at some suggestions from our readers who have been through IVF themselves

Reach out to your support network
Don’t be afraid to talk to your partner, friends, family or a therapist. They can provide the emotional support and encouragement you need during this challenging time. Talking to a fertility therapist is different from talking to a regular therapist because fertility therapists specialise in helping individuals and couples who are struggling with fertility-related issues. These therapists have specialised training in topics such as infertility, pregnancy loss, and assisted reproductive technologies like IVF. They can help individuals and couples navigate the complex emotional and psychological challenges that often arise when trying to conceive, and provide support throughout the fertility treatment process. They can also help individuals and couples develop coping strategies to manage the stress and anxiety that can come with fertility treatment failure, and provide guidance and support to help them make informed decisions about their fertility options.
Join an IVF forum
This can be a great way to get support and advice from others who are going through a similar experience. It can also be a great way to meet a cycle buddy who is going through a similar cycle as you. Our Pineappple community is a great pace to start.
Take care of yourself
Practice self-care by engaging in activities that help you relax, such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, meditating, or doing yoga. Remember that self-care can look different for everyone. It is important to experiment with different activities and strategies to find what works best for you.
Stay informed
Learn as much as you can about the IVF process so that you can be prepared for what’s to come. Knowing what to expect can help you stay positive and feel more in control of your situation, helping to you stay on track.
Focus on what you can control
While it’s important to be informed about IVF, obsessing over every little detail can be counterproductive. Instead, focus on the things you can control, such as eating a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and getting enough sleep.
Learning to inject yourself painlessly 
IVF injections can take some practice and patience, but it is definitely possible. Talk to your doctor or nurse about the best technique for administering the injection. They can show you the proper technique and guide you through the process. Choose a comfortable injection site. Some people find that using the fatty tissue on their stomach or upper thigh works best. You may want to try a few different areas to find what works best for you. Prepare the area before injecting. Clean the area with an alcohol swab and let it dry completely before injecting. Applying a warm compress or taking a warm shower beforehand can also help to relax the muscles and make injections less painful.
Be aware of the possible side effects of IVF so that you can be prepared for them
Some potential side effects include bloating and discomfort in your abdomen due to the stimulation of your ovaries. Mood swings and emotional changes due to hormonal fluctuations. Breast tenderness. Mild cramping or spotting after egg retrieval Constipation or diarrhoea. It’s important to talk to your doctor if you experience any severe symptoms, such as heavy bleeding or severe pain. They may suggest adjustments to your treatment plan or recommend additional support.
Celebrate small victories
Sometimes the IVF process can feel like an uphill battle, but don’t forget to celebrate the small victories along the way, such as a successful egg retrieval, or a day where you managed pain free injections, or a wonderful moment of connection with your partner.
Keeping a journal
While going through IVF, keeping a journal can be a helpful way to process emotions and cope with the stress and uncertainty of the process. When you keep a journal, you have a safe and private place to express your thoughts and feelings, without fear of judgement. You can write about your frustrations, hopes, dreams and fears, and this can help you to process and make sense of your emotions. Keeping a journal also allows you to record your progress throughout the IVF process. You can log your appointments, medications, lab results and observations about how you are feeling. By documenting everything, you can see how far you’ve come, and this can be a source of motivation to continue with the process. Your journal will encourage you to practice self-reflection, which can help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your experiences. You may discover patterns in your emotions or behaviours that you can work on changing, or you may gain insights that can help you cope with the stress of IVF more effectively. Overall, keeping a journal can be a cathartic and empowering way to navigate the IVF journey.
If you have been through a round of IVF and would like to share your top tips, drop us a line at info@ivfbabble.com.


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