Anxiety shadows almost every person struggling to conceive. Additionally having fertility treatment like IVF is emotionally tough for most. With anxious thoughts hammering your mind and body, stress can turn into white noise. And eventually you may stop noticing those tense shoulders, increased heart rate, shallow breathing. If you stopped being aware of it, anxiety still keeps harming you.
Apart from the physical harm, infertility stress may affect your life and relationship so much so that you may stop trying to have a family. In fact, the most common reason why patients discontinue IVF is the psychological burden. Despite studies showing stress reduces your chances of conception, surprisingly, IVF clinics do little to help you deal with stress and anxiety. Yes, they offer a couple of counselling sessions, but mostly stress management falls on already exhausted patients.