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Fertility Road Magazine 46 - September/October 2018

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The latest issue of Fertility Road Magzine brings you our latest Fertility Journeys update, a closer look at stress and infertility, natural approaches to endometriosis and a how your weight can affect your chances of getting pregnant plus lots, lots more.


MIND EXPERT: Cassie Everett THE EMOTIONAL STRAIN OF TRYING TO GET PREGNANT When I talk to my clients about how they are feeling, the immense emotional strain of trying to get pregnant is often a big topic of conversation. Sometimes it's hard to cope when you feel that something may be wrong with you. Perhaps you don't feel normal and are angry that you are finding something difficult that others seem to find easy. You may be experiencing grief from a previous miscarriage, or anxiety and worry about losing future pregnancies. You might feel left out when your friends and family are having children. Many of my clients speak about the injustice of seeing pregnant women and babies everywhere, as well as the hurtful words of people who mean well, but can be insensitive. For those of you who have decided to embark on IVF treatment, you will be coping with lots of tests and procedures, as well as the additional financial strain. It may be that stress is making it harder for you to conceive due to the effect of stress hormones on your reproductive system, so every monthly disappointment becomes a vicious cycle. This can lead to issues between partners, with the pressure to perform sexually in a scheduled and clinical way exacerbating an already strained relationship. However you are feeling, it’s important to remember that these feelings are understandable and natural, and that you are not alone. It’s also a good idea to try and reduce your general stress levels. Here are some of my top tips on how to do just that. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REDUCING YOUR STRESS LEVELS Talk it through There are many things you can do to try and reduce your stress levels. Most important is having someone to talk to – maybe a friend 30 | | fertilityroadmag | follow us @fertilityroad

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