Many couples with fertility problems experience enormous stress. Infertility may lead to the kind of anxiety and depression that accompanies tumours and heart disease. The couple experiences increasing hope and deep disappointment during each cycle. Additionally, relationships are often put to a test due to a sex life devoid of spontaneity, anxiety, or sometimes also the high cost of infertility treatment. Also, being near pregnant couples, or couples who have children, may turn out to be difficult and cause additional stress. Learning to cope with this difficult situation is vital. Try these proven tips:

  • Don't avoid people and don't become distant from your family and friends. They may be a great support.
  • Try to talk with your partner openly about your feelings and try to understand his emotions. Prolonged efforts to have a baby may be difficult for both of you, but they may also invigorate your relationship and draw you closer to each other.
  • Try to learn more about infertility; look for all available research and methods of treatment. Greater awareness will allow you to make better choices.
  • Find people who will understand and support you; it may be a friend or an acquaintance, who is also trying to have a baby, or Internet support groups. Also, take a look at the OvuFriend message board. Here, you'll find many women who understand perfectly what you're going through.
  • Explore additional or alternative therapies, such as relaxation techniques, massage, acupuncture, or yoga.
  • Set aside some time to do something exceptional for yourself that brings you pleasure.  Go somewhere for the weekend, free your thoughts.
  • Start recording your feelings - keep a journal (you may do it at OvuFriend - go to Journal). It will be a constructive way to express and understand your emotions, and it may help other women in a situation similar to yours.
  • Make sure you follow a healthy diet. It will help you feel and look good.
  • Work out regularly! Swimming or taking long walks will help you clear your mind, restore balance, and improve your mood.
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your emotions, seek professional help, such as a psychologist experienced in infertility problems. Don't forget about your partner and his feelings, either. Sometimes couples therapy can be helpful.