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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.

MEN ONLY EXPERT: Sarah

MEN ONLY EXPERT: Sarah Banks 60 | fertilityroad.com | fertilityroadmag | follow us @fertilityroad

MEN ONLY How fertility treatment may aect your partner Stress: Fertility treatment can amplify anything stressful in a couple’s life, and simple daily things can just be too much for your partner to handle at the minute. Try to be considerate to see if there is anything you can to do help take the weight off of her shoulders. Insecurities: Fertility treatment can intensify your partners sensitivities and triggers, making it difficult to be around babies and pregnant women (including family members). Be understanding and try not to question these emotions. Depression: It is extremely common for women to feel low and depressed while going through fertility treatment. Watch outs are: loss of appetite, inability to sleep, excess sleeping, eating a lot, and generally feeling very sad. If your partner is showing any of these signs you should encourage her to talk to her fertility specialist or a fertility counsellor (usually available through your clinic). ow can you support her through treatment There are four main ways you can support your partner: Emotional support (listening, empathising, hugs) Self-esteem support (telling her you love, admire and respect her) Informational support (doing research, asking questions) Practical support (take on responsibilities, planning logistics) motional Support e there for her One of the best things you can do during IVF treatment is to listen. Don’t try to fix it or suggest solutions. Just listen with empathy. She doesn’t expect you to make things better, she knows you can’t fix the problem. She just wants to know you hear her and that you sympathise. Sometimes just giving her a hug will help you show your support and make her feel loved. Holding her hand, letting her cry on your shoulder, and just being there (not on your phone) is all she needs. It may be difficult to know how to best help her, so ask her how she wants you to help her. All the hormones play havoc on the emotions and your partner may be fine one minute and floods of tears the next. Similarly, she may want to talk about everything one minute and the next not want to talk about anything to do with treatment. I know this makes it hard to know what to do for the best. Cut her some slack, she’s pumping herself full of hormones every day and ask her how she wants you to help her. She can tell you what she needs at that exact moment and you can help her. | fertilityroadmag | follow us @fertilityroad fertilityroad.com | 61

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