Planning your life during treatment
Getting through the months ahead
There’s no absolute success rate for fertility treatment. In most cases, multiple cycles are necessary before conception is achieved. The good news is that there’s a range of treatments available. But the process may take longer than you’d originally imagined. A successful result can make it all worthwhile.
As time goes by, you may need to review your options. Don’t put your life on hold. Try to continue with your usual activities and find time to do things that you like. With a little planning, the time will pass more easily and you’ll find the strength to continue from one cycle to the next. This week-to-week planner will help get you started.
|Remember how strong you are. Recall other trying events in your life and how you overcame them. You can feel proud about how far you’ve come and the challenges you’ve come through.|
Getting through the waiting time
For many women, the most stressful stage of the treatment cycle is ‘the waiting time,’ the period between the embryo transfer and the pregnancy test. You may find yourself looking for signs of early pregnancy and wonder what more you can do. Your doctor may have advice, but largely it’s up to nature to follow its course.
While you wait, keep yourself busy with people whose company you enjoy. Fill your time with a variety of activities and stay as positive as you can. This waiting card may help you get through difficult moments. It contains a series of positive statements that may help restore perspective. Carry the card and read it at least twice a day. You may have favourite sayings or mantras of your own to add.
|You may want to give some thought to what you may do if the results of the pregnancy test aren’t positive. A good idea is to plan some quality time with your partner. You may want to put a date in the diary to discuss the way forward.|