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Preparing for Fertility Treatment: Mind, Body, Spirit

Preparing for fertility treatment can be both an exciting and stressful time. It is exciting to embark on the journey of building a family, but we understand it can also be a stressful time because of the inherent unknowns about the outcome. As you begin preparing for fertility treatment, it’s important to be in a ready-state: mind, body, and spirit. While it’s very easy to become inundated with the to-do list associated with fertility treatment, we encourage you to take each day one at a time and take care of yourself along the way.

10 Tips for Preparing for Fertility Treatment

1. Look for healthy ways to relieve stress.
We aren’t suggesting you need to plan an expensive vacation or trip to the spa, but get creative about what helps you to relieve stress. Perhaps it’s asking your partner to give you a massage, watch a funny movie or television show, play with your pets, or have a night in with close friends. Laughing can help you reduce your stress hormones and it can actually make you feel pretty good from the inside out.

2. Join a support group
It can be difficult to share with family and friends the emotional aspects of this journey, especially with people who are unfamiliar with infertility. However, without being able to talk to loved one about the process, it can feel very isolating. At SGF, our support groups are a community of men and women who are in your same shoes. The group comes together to listen, connect, share advice and experiences, and remind you that you are not alone in this process. Whether you are just now preparing for fertility treatment or have been through a cycle or two, it is never too early or late to find support.

3. Modify Your Diet
While you are mentally preparing for fertility treatment, use this time to also prepare your body. Treat food as fuel and opt for healthier alternatives when possible. Reach for an apple or handful of almonds when that mid-day hunger strikes and trade a side of french fries for seasonal veggies or a salad. Scheduling a consultation with a nutritionist at Shady Grove Fertility’s Wellness Center can help get and keep you on track with your diet and ensure that you’re eating plan is balanced and provides adequate caloric and nutrient intake. Our nutritionist can also provide tips for meal ideas and snacks to make it easier to stick with a plan.

4. Stay informed and ask questions
We know there is a lot going on physically and emotionally during this time. SGF’s entire staff is here to help. We offer a multitude of resources that provide you with information about your treatment, support you during your journey, and much more.

Take a look at some of our online tools that we offer to help you as you are preparing for fertility treatment:

5. Try a relaxation technique
The Wellness Center at Shady Grove Fertility provides complementary therapies such as, acupuncture, massage therapy, and nutrition counseling that support our patients during and while they are preparing for fertility treatment. Many people have found these therapies to reduce stress and keep them healthy: mentally, physically, and spiritually.

6. Drop the extras
Whether it’s clutter or pounds, neither one helps when it comes to preparing for fertility treatment. Excess clutter in your life can cause anxiety and unwanted stress. Tackle tasks around your home or office one thing at a time. Whether it’s the desk in your office, or the boxes in the attic, staying organized can give you more focus and can be a great stress reliever and weight loss activity, too! Losing any excess weight will set you up for greater success when you begin treatment.

7. Start a gratitude journal
One of the greatest things you can do for yourself is keep a gratitude journal. It’s pretty simple and can be done in just 5 minutes each day. Describe some of the things you are most grateful for. It can be something as little as when someone holds the door for you or gives you a seat on the metro. Whatever it is—small or large—if it makes you feel good, write about it! Get the Five Minute Journal App (for iPhone).

8. Get in shape
You don’t have to be at the gym every morning at 5 a.m., but it’s always good for your mind, body, and spirit to incorporate some form of cardiovascular exercise into your daily routine. Even if your schedule makes it difficult to get to the gym, try taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator, and walk instead of drive to pickup lunch during the day. Even a small weight loss can have a big gain when it comes to your fertility.

9. Pay it forward
Feed your soul by giving back to the community. Nothing makes us feel better about ourselves than knowing we really helped someone else in need. Let someone with only a few items go in front of you in the grocery line, offer to help an elderly neighbor, or volunteer at a local community shelter. What you give out, you will receive back.

10. Focus on today
Realize that not every day is going to be a good day, and that’s ok. Try and focus on the things you can control and let go of the things you can’t. When you get to the finish line and look back on your journey, you will hopefully agree that it was all worth the ride.

Editors Note: Article updates August 2017.

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To learn more about preparing for fertility treatment or to schedule an appointment, please call our New Patient Center at 1-877-971-7755 or complete our online form.

 

7 Comments

  1. Manju singh

    August 15, 2013 - 11:49 pm
    Reply

    I have four miscarriage untill 2007. I went to the India for IVF . Doctor checked me and they did all medical test whatever need for IVF. They gave me pills (porgy nova 2mg and micronized Vigyn-d or fembio) for ten days. After ten days I go back to doctor. She checked me again and she told me your and your’s hasband all test are normal but you have not strong redline . She can not help me. She told me find serogreat mother. What is the redline. I am 39 year old. Please please help me. I can’t do the serogreat mother . Because I don,t have enough money . My gross earnings only 17000 per year so how can do the serogreat mother . I have the geisnger health plan but they do not cover IVF . Please help me.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      July 5, 2016 - 12:23 pm
      Reply

      Hi Manju – I am so sorry to hear what you have gone through. It sounds like you may be a good candidate for SGF’s Shared Help discount which is available to anyone with a household income less than $95,000 per year. We also offer a 100% refund on IVF and/or donor egg treatment. Learn more about our financial options at https://www.shadygrovefertility.com/affording-care or call us at 1-877-971-7755.

  2. G

    September 11, 2013 - 4:54 pm
    Reply

    Manju singh I am so sorry to hear what you are going through. Please understand you are not alone. My husband and I have been trying to 7 years we had IUI about 10 times finally it worked for only 8 weeks it ended in a tubal.

    We also have Geisinger and Blue Cross Blue Shield neither one will cover anything to do with IUI ,IVF or infertility meds. We were told by the insurance company that it is cosmetic and is not needed. We were also told by our Dr too looked into Surrogate mother or IVF we can not afford either one.
    However, I am currently working with Shady Grove to do IVF they have a shared help program to reduce the cost it goes by income. Maybe you should get in touch with their office to see if they can help you. We are still waiting to hear if we are approved. Its our only chance so I sure hope so.

    Best wishes

    • Nicki

      June 16, 2015 - 6:48 pm
      Reply

      Hi Ladies,

      I have been through 4 treatment of IVF two still birth and 2 that did not work at all. Have been married for 9 yrs and my husband has a son in is younger age. I was told by my insurance that I cannot do any more treatment, because they will not pay for it. Shady does offer the plan base on your income so hopefull I will be able to try again to have them place the eggs they have for me since me and my husband are sickle sell trait.

      • Shady Grove Fertility

        July 5, 2016 - 12:19 pm
        Reply

        Hi Nicki – I am so sorry to hear what you have gone through, and that your insurance will no longer help aide with the cost of treatment. You are right though, SGF’s Shared Help discount is available to anyone with a household income less than $95,000 per year. We also offer a 100% refund on IVF and/or donor egg treatment. Learn more about our financial options at https://www.shadygrovefertility.com/affording-care or call us at 1-877-971-7755.

  3. Ritika

    August 21, 2017 - 12:34 pm
    Reply

    Hi Manju, Visit NOVA IVI fertility centre, I think they can suggest some good solution for your issues.

  4. Ernest London

    August 21, 2017 - 3:24 pm
    Reply

    I like that you mentioned to think about eating a healthier diet when preparing for fertility treatment. My wife is getting ready to be treated, and we are trying to be fully prepared so she can get the most out of the process. It makes sense that you would want to be as healthy as possible so that your body can be in the best condition it can be. I will make sure my wife takes this to heart.

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