Today, this is a problematic question many women are being asked too casually by family, friends – even social and work acquaintances. One must consider the emotional harm this question can inflict upon a woman who has been struggling with infertility. Read the personal accounts of five women struggling with infertility at Yahoo Lifestyle to be enlightened.
Inappropriate Fertility Question
Consider a few facts before asking a woman this personal question.
- One in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage
- One in eight couples cannot get pregnant naturally
Bringing up the topic of pregnancy can be extremely painful and personal.
Infertility Stress Management Tools
The Infertility Doctor recommends some fertility-stress management tools for you to proactively employ. Infertility can cause one to become self-absorbed in their grief and disappointment. First, reflecting on those who are in need and suffering more than you can deflect the hurt. Second, your attention and affections will uplift others and – in return – you will feel good.
- Donate money or food to those in need
- Volunteer your time to those in need
- Brighten someone’s day
- Practice kindness
- Do what makes you happy
- Let go of what you cannot control
Proactive Stress Management Tools
- Avoid taking on new responsibilities
- Journal your thoughts and concerns
- Exercise to strengthen your body
- Meditate to maintain a positive outlook
- Massage therapy
- Acupuncture therapy
- More quality sleep
- Experience intimacy without sex
- Have sex for fun and not just baby making
- Seek help from a therapist or joint a support group
The journey through fertility treatment often raises stress levels – leading to frustration, anger, depression, and disappointment. Infertility seems to affect all aspects of a person's life and many patients are looking for advice on how to cope more effectively. The Infertility Doctor recommends psychological counseling for guidance and support. Fertility Centers of Illinois offers fertility counseling at no charge by our full-time licensed clinical psychologists.
Dr. Laurence Jacobs recommends the following 10 step approach offering a powerful boost in fertility for women with ovulation-related infertility.
- Avoid trans fats – no more fried foods
- Consume more unsaturated vegetable oils – use olive or canola oil and eat fish and avocados
- Get more protein from vegetables – eat lentils, not steak
- Eat low carbs – choose whole grains, oatmeal and vegetables and cut out white bread and pasta
- Drink whole milk – consume full fat yogurt and ice cream in sensible portions
- Take your essential vitamin supplement – folic acid and vitamin B are essential
- Get plenty of iron – eat iron rich vegetables like spinach
- Drink plenty of water – avoid soda, caffeine, alcohol
- Be active and exercise regularly – but don’t overdo it
- Get your Body Mass Index into the fertility zone by achieving a score of 19 to 24
The Infertility Doctor
It is important to work with a fertility specialist having decades of experience designing customized fertility treatment plans. Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.