Committing to fertility treatment
Finding the necessary commitment
Most couples that have been through IVF come away knowing they tried everything they possibly could to realise their dream of having a baby.1 Many eventually succeed, but in most cases multiple cycles are necessary.2 You must be strong and prepare yourself for disappointments. There are preparations you can make.
- Learn to cope with stress. When people encounter stress they react to it differently. One person’s strategy for handling difficult emotional issues may be different to the next. Some methods are more or less effective in keeping stress under control. Use the Fertility Compass to discover your coping style and see what you might do better to cope with stress. Your partner may have a different approach, so it’s a good idea to test yourselves together. Compare the results and come to understand each other better.
- Build your support network. The right friends and close family members can provide great comfort and support. However, it may be hard for them to know precisely what you need. Don’t leave them guessing. Speak to them and tell them what you need.
- Use the Support Network Chart to build a close-knit group.
- Balance your life. Treatment may take time so it’s important not to put your life on hold. With a little planning the time will pass and you’ll find the strength to continue from one cycle to the next. Use this week-to-week planner will help get you started.