Offering support through your fertility journey
Coping with infertility, fertility problems (and related issues) can be tough. Maintaining a ‘zen like’ calm when trying to get pregnant isn’t always easy. Coping with ‘difficult news’ and test results can cause anxiety. Experiencing loss is painful. Making decisions about relationships, fertility treatments or options for parenthood can feel daunting. It can seem impossible to ever be able to accept permanent infertility and visualise and experience a positive future.
Having good support can make all the difference to how you cope with fertility related issues – and how they affect your life.
If trying to get pregnant through IVF, or another assisted fertility treatment, the medication can cause unpleasant side effects. It can be stressful trying to fit in the many clinic appointments with a full time job – not to mention the stress of financing such treatments. With natural conception, it’s rarely fun after months of trying. And these challenges don’t even ‘scratch the surface’ of the emotional strain, the hurt, the sadness, the sense of hopelessness, self-blame…
If you have a baby, after a long or difficult journey to parenthood, it is not uncommon to be effected by excessive worry about your baby, or to experience other anxiety issues.
If trying to move forward, further to experiencing fertility related issues, it can feel lonely and overwhelming. Particularly if those close to you in your life have children.
Many people who are experiencing, or have experienced, fertility problems feel isolated or misunderstood by friends or family who have not experienced fertility problems themselves. It is also common to find that your partner experiences or deals with fertility problems differently, or is too under resourced themselves to provide the support you need.
Receiving the right support can make all the difference to how fertility problems affect your life. Good support can also help to ensure that any decisions you make are right for you and your situation. Fertility Oxford offers a safe, non-judgmental and supportive space at any stage of your fertility journey. A place where I hope you will feel safe to ‘just be’, and feel no pressure to ‘put on a brave face’ or ‘pretend you’re OK’.
I am pleased to offer:
Some of the ways I can support you through your fertility journey:
- Providing emotional support and a space to talk through difficult feelings.
- Teaching self-help tools that can enhance your fertility, reduce stress and develop coping skills.
- Being your ‘cheer leader’, offering motivation and support as you work towards your goals.
- Resolving relevant problems or traumas.
- Processing grief and loss.
- Supporting you if fertility treatment fails.
- Supporting you to make decisions about continuing or discontinuing fertility treatments.
- Supporting you to make decisions about other options for parenthood (for example egg/sperm/embryo donation or adoption).
- Supporting you to come to terms with infertility.
- Supporting you to choose or accept childlessness.
- Supporting you, if you do conceive, to overcome worry, fears and anxiety about pregnancy/childbirth/parenthood.