Tips For Dealing With The Stress Of Infertility (From Our Own Patients)
July 11, 2019 – Trending on Social Media
Recently, we asked our patient community to inspire us with some of their best advice for dealing with the stress of infertility. We were excited to receive so many creative ideas and tips from our patients. We hope that some of their ideas can provide a source of comfort and inspiration during your path to parenthood. Check out the post and some of the responses below:
It is normal to experience a wide variety of emotions in the process of pursuing infertility treatment. Caring for your emotional health and wellness are paramount throughout your fertility journey. We would love for you to share some unique ways that you deal with the stress of infertility. One randomly selected winner will receive this pineapple fairy house! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 17th!
“I did yoga with my mom and my husband always made me laugh and smile even through the tough times. I would always tell myself it will happen when time is right and be yourself and not worry. Dr. Feinberg and Rhonda always made me feel better and Rhonda gave me tips and ideas for healthy eating.” -Brittney
“After 5 years of “waiting for my life to begin with a baby” I instead decided on a big distraction that would benefit my future family. I went back to school to obtain my masters in nursing through a family nurse practitioner program. The saying is true, it’s not always your timing. My advice is to travel or start/complete a project or goal that can move your future family forward. Short term daily activities included scrapbooking, walks & playing games! Find what works for you. Remember you are NOT alone. There are many of us who are struggled or are still struggling. It’s a roller coaster of emotions and stain. Support groups and finding someone to chat with will help immensely. We are very thankful for all the support RAD gave us in giving us our little girl (our rainbow after the storm)” -Rose
“Running has been my stress release throughout my journey as I’ve run 12 marathons and over 30 half marathons since I started treatments in 2014. I also used it as well as social media to speak out about infertility and miscarriage as I have 2 angels. I’m also a musician so it helps to schedule gigs around transfers so I have something else to focus on the weeks leading up to the transfer.” -Chrissy
“I started writing a devotional geared towards women struggling with infertility. Getting my thoughts and insecurities out has truly helped me and I pray once it’s finished will help women all over the world! Also breaking the stigma of silence around my infertility journey, talking to people about it has helped immensely.” -Meredith
“Sharing the journey through Social Media (Anonymously)! It gives you the opportunity to be raw and honest about all aspects of the journey….sharing the heartaches, the joys, and the unknowns. And it connects you to a community of women and men that can relate and support you through the journey!” -Samantha
“This may sound counter productive but I “schedule” my worry time and let my self stress away during those two times (on the elliptical and in the shower) and if I’m not in one of those two places, I tell myself I’m not allowed to think about it. It took practice but after 4 years, I’ve got it down to a science.” -Alix
“My journey was many years ago – long before social media helped to connect with others. My saving grace is a strong sense of humor. I sought out the funny in all the hoops you have to jump through (c’mon admit it that a “hostile uterus test” is funny stuff). Anyway, it helped me immensely and someday, someway I have a stand-up routine ready to go!” -Donna
“I worked out, specially my Pure Barre excessive routine and the amazing group of ladies in the Pure Barre studio helped me immensely through my journey, those 50 mins of class would keep me out of my head since I needed to concentrate in the muscles I had to work on. And of course all the ladies in the studio the ones knowing what I was going through and the ones that didn’t supported me and distracted me.
I swear I probably drove Rhonda and Sue crazy asking “when I can work out?”, or maybe they thought I was crazy for being concern about that. I will always remembered everyone’s happiness when I came back pregnant.
Also, my husband’s sense of humor, I swear he made me and sometimes everyone in our appointment laughed!
And last but not least EVERYONE at RAD, staff, clinicians, doctors, nurses, they always made us feel like family, they are all so invested and so supportive to each and everyone one of us (which I admired immensely) that I cried the day I “graduated” because I was going to miss them so much!” -Beatriz
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"I feel so lucky to have found RADfertility. I tried two other clinics before I expanded my search and found RADfertility. I drive an hour each way to go to them but I don’t regret a thing. They are so caring and so professional. Every time I message them they respond quickly. Every time I see them they have a friendly smile and warm welcome. They explain everything so well and I never feel lost in the process as I did elsewhere. They also took the time to figure out what was wrong. Other clinics threw up their hands, said 'I don’t know' and pushed me to try IVF."
"Dr. Feinberg and the entire staff at RADfertility are absolutely amazing. The receptionists, coordinators, nurses, and lab staff are compassionate, caring, and straight forward. I’ve had a 12-year infertility journey and I’ve tried other clinics but RADfertility was the only one I felt at ease with. They answered any questions that I had and were there any time I needed them. My coordinator, Amy, was the absolute best and always had my back. Dr. Feinberg’s dedication to his patients is incredible. You are not just a number there, you are a person with individualized needs and care."
"The RADfertility team gives you so much emotional support and positivity that it adds to your strength and keeps you focused on the end goal - a healthy and happy baby."
"My journey with RADfertility and Dr. McGuirk started when my husband and I were trying to conceive and were having difficulty. We went to RADfertility, where we met Dr. McGuirk. I always say she changed my life and 'fixed' me. Dr. McGuirk is always learning more about endometriosis and how to help her patients. She’s brilliant and truly cares for you! I’m eternally grateful to her and everyone at RADfertility for their unwavering support, love, and care."
"Every step of our journey was tailored to us. We were treated so respectfully. Every detail was clearly explained and we felt so comfortable. Rhonda Wright was a Godsend and inspiring. I highly recommend this place! I cried when my weekly appointments were done and I 'graduated.'"
"The day I met Dr. Neithardt I knew she was the perfect doctor for me. Dr. Neithardt was so compassionate every step of the way. She held my hand, she hugged away tears, and continued to give me hope. There are not enough 'thank you's' in the world for Dr. Neithardt and the whole RADfertility team who will forever have a special place in my heart."
"RADfertility's staff has heart and provided me with exceptional health care. I knew I was in good hands and felt like we were in this together. The doctors and nursing staff always answered all of my questions and provided thorough information about all of my options. I am so fortunate and appreciative of the care that I received at RADfertility. They go above and beyond."
"I cannot begin to explain how wonderful RADfertility is. We were frustrated with trying to start a family and it not working for us. The entire team of doctors and nurses made us feel comfortable and hopeful that we would be parents. We experienced so many ups and downs but we never felt like we were on our IVF journey alone, we had our RADfertility team every step of the way. If you're looking for a supportive team on the IVF journey, look no further. RADfertility is the absolute best."
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