IVF stress – and fertility treatment anxieties in general – can seem short-term. We’ll get past it, surely, and come out stronger? Yes, but there’s definitely more to it than that, as Marie Prince, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at TFP Fertility UK, explains.
Fertility and IVF stress – it’s pretty universal
There are two key points to keep in mind, when stressing about IVF stress.
- Emotional stress caused by fertility problems won’t compromise our chance of becoming pregnant (read the British Medical Journal’s study write-up for more)
- You are 100 per cent not alone in struggling with IVF stress, or fertility stress and treatment in general
Even if you’re not struggling, but more just feeling the heat of each milestone and your treatment plan, it would be difficult not to feel a little overwhelmed.
Full disclosure, most of us on the team here at TRB have been through the spectrum of emotions, on our own fertility journeys. From denial and, sadly, shame, to outrage, stress and free-flowing tears, we’ve been there. And yes, some of us are still. Which is ok.
Universally, we back the value and importance of treatment with a clinic who invest resources into expert counselling and clinical psychological support. It’s fast-becoming a calling card for the best fertility teams, but very few are able to really deliver on their promise of qualified emotional wellbeing support services.
Over 2.5K of you responded to our recent poll on Insta, where a huge 95 per cent said that they struggle with challenges to their mental health while TTC.
TFP Fertility UK are exceptional across the board, and in this crucial area of the IVF journey. Their UK-wide clinic network is set up to provide patients with truly tailored care, and for many, this includes psychological support, and expert counselling. We were keen to chat the topic through with experienced practitioner Dr. Marie Prince, consultant clinical psychologist with TFP Fertility UK.
Here are Dr. Prince’s answers to our top questions about IVF stress, and treatment stress in general, based on experience and responses from our amazing community. All answered with the care and support we deserve, by Dr. Marie Prince, who has over 20 years’ experience as a practising psychologist.