Robert Haynes (2021, October 14). How to deal with depression during IVF treatment. Psychreg on mental health. https://www.psychreg.org/how-cope-depression-during-ivf-treatment/
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Infertility is one of those topics that isn’t always talked about, yet it’s more common than you think. According to statistics, there are millions of people in the United States who have difficulty conceiving, and the CDC estimates that 6% of couples experience infertility issues. This is a lot of individuals and couples going through a very stressful time in life. Once you have made the decision to have children, the assumption and hope is that everything will go smoothly, and you will be able to get pregnant without problems and have a healthy “normal” pregnancy. But this is not the case for everyone.
If you are currently undergoing IVF treatment (IVF), or are preparing to start treatment, it is important to recognize the real problem that can occur, which is depression. Here we will look at some of the ways you can deal with depression during IVF treatments, helping you get through this very difficult time.
Know your feelings
The first step in dealing with depression during IVF treatment is to be honest with yourself and realize how you feel. There is nothing wrong with depression. It is normal and normal, especially when you are going through such a difficult time in your life. IVF treatments are emotionally and physically challenging.
A common problem that couples report is that they feel like they’re in an endless cycle of emotions. There is hope that the treatment will work, and then there is the loss that you can incur when he does not take the treatment. This cycle can repeat itself several times, which means that the spouses can suffer many losses.
What are the signs of depression?
If you’ve never experienced depression before, you may not even realize that this is how you feel. For this reason, it’s smart to know what signs to watch for, so you can act quickly and effectively.
Some of the more common signs of depression include:
- change in appetite
- Feeling anxious or sad
- lack of motivation
- Withdrawing from your usual activities
- Feeling angry for no specific reason
- You have difficulty concentrating
- You have a hard time being positive
- Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
- You don’t find happiness in the things you used to love to do
Be open with each other
It’s also important for couples to be open with each other about how they feel. It can be tempting for one person to try to be strong for the other, to stay positive and act as if it’s not up to him. However, if you are not honest with each other, IVF treatment will be more stressful. Rely on each other for support, as no one understands better than you. Stress and depression can put a strain on your relationship, and it’s the last thing either of you want. You both hope for the same thing, so it’s essential that you’re on the same team.
Today, you can find online community support groups for all kinds of issues, and IVF treatment issues are no exception. You will be able to connect with others who have gone through a similar experience, possibly feelings of depression and anxiety. They can be a very important support system.
This can be especially helpful for women and couples who don’t have any personal friends who have experienced IVF-related issues and depression. They may struggle to connect with their normal circle of friends and family because they can’t communicate. Look here, maybe you will find the answer you are looking for, or at least a supportive community to be a part of.
These communities usually allow members to ask and respond to questions and topics, meaning that you are able to start your own topic and get specific advice and insights. Sometimes, just knowing that others can relate to you is all it takes to start feeling better.
Make lifestyle changes
Lifestyle changes can also be very helpful when trying to cope with stress and depression. They usually work best in combination with other technologies.
Lifestyle changes that can have a positive impact include:
- healthy food
- Get enough sleep
- Staying physically active
- Give yourself a chance to relax and rest
Talk to a professional counselor
Sometimes, even with your best intentions, openness, and honesty, it just won’t be enough. Stress and depression can be very heavy. If so, it is best to speak to a specialist such as a therapist or counsellor. Try to find someone who deals with couples undergoing IVF, so you can have a more personalized approach.
By visiting a therapist, they will be able to give you tools and techniques that will help you overcome your depression.
The most important thing to remember when undergoing IVF treatment is that you don’t have to — nor should — be depressed in silence. There is help, as well as plenty of coping techniques.
Robert Haynes received his degree in Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health and well-being.
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