10 Tips For Coping With Unexplained Infertility
Try these 10 tips for coping with unexplained infertility if you are unable to conceive with your partner. Getting support and making sure you are healthy are especially important when trying to cope with unexplained infertility issues. If you are the partner of someone trying to get pregnant, participating in healthy habits and taking care of yourself are important.
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- Focus on health. Getting pregnant is the objective when you are coping with unexplained infertility, but make sure that your overall health is good as well. Getting enough rest, eating healthy food, and finding some time to exercise will put you in the best position to handle the stress that trying to have a baby brings.
- Join a support group. Find a support group so that you have someplace to talk about the infertility issue and all the emotional baggage that comes with it. Others who are in the same position can better understand the issues you are facing. For men, this is especially important.
- Learn to relieve stress. One of the obstacles to getting pregnant can be stress. Learning how to relieve stress will help in coping with unexplained infertility. Try yoga, meditation, or prayer as a way to slow down, take deep breaths and find an inner calm.
- Focus on other parts of your life. Don’t focus solely on infertility. If you find that every web search, book you read, and conversation you have includes the topic of infertility then you probably need to pursue some other interests. Take a class, join a book club, or take up a hobby you enjoy.
- Consider talking to a therapist or counselor. The emotional overload of coping with unexplained infertility is not easily understood by your friends and family. You may need to talk to a professional to explore your feelings and learn some coping strategies.
- Give yourself a break. Recognize that feelings that you have about infertility are real and intense. Don’t scold yourself for feeling low, guilty, angry, or jealous. Know that these are normal feelings.
- Work as team. One of the best support systems you have is your partner. Take a specific time out to discuss the infertility issue. But it’s best not to let it dominate every conversation. Being a good listener can be very healing to your partner.
- Set limits. Decide as a couple how long will you try to get pregnant, to what extent you are willing to go, and how much money are you willing to spend. Knowing that you are on the same page will minimize any conflicts you have about those issues.
- Find balance. Although you can certainly avoid emotionally charged situations such as baby showers and hospital nurseries, you can’t avoid seeing children in your everyday life. Don’t distance yourself from your nieces and nephews or friends with children in an attempt to avoid your feelings.
- Educate yourself. To feel more in control, learn about infertility so that you can feel that you are taking the necessary steps to encourage a pregnancy. Read some recent books, look for information on infertility support websites and ask questions of your doctor.