How to Stay Calm, Content, and in Control During Infertility and the Covid-19 Pandemic
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You know better than anyone that the experience of infertility can bring up feelings of sadness, anxiety, jealousy, isolation, and loss. In fact, there have been several studies which have shown that women with infertility have the same level of stress as cancer patients and that women who have an unsuccessful IVF cycle rate their stress equal to breast cancer, death of family member, and worse than divorce.
The experience of infertility on its own is more than enough to bear but now add an entire year of stress and isolation from a global pandemic! Having cycles cancelled or postponed created a significant burden on those already struggling to have a baby. In fact, recent research confirmed that women reported worry, anger, resentment, frustration, and difficulty coping, and that the stress of infertility remains significant and is comparable a stressor to the pandemic itself. In some studies, infertility was rated as more stressful than the pandemic.
Although these reactions are a perfectly normal way to respond to the crisis of infertility and a world pandemic, they are incredibly unpleasant to experience and it can make the whole process of infertility even more challenging. There are numerous research-proven ways to lower your level of distress as you pursue your efforts to have a baby and cope with the stressors of COVID-19.
Many of these cognitive, behavioral, and relaxation techniques are featured on the FertiCalmPro app. FertiCalmPro offers over 500 different coping strategies, right on your phone, to help you reduce stress and feel calm, content and in control anytime, anyplace, and anywhere. Find more information on www.ferticalm.com or download the app on the apple or google play stores.
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Dr. Alice Domar (Ali)
Dr. Elizabeth Grill (Liz)