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Most stressful stages of IVF, Infertility Treatment?


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In vitro fertilization (IVF) is one of the most grueling and gut-wrenching experiences Treatment

IVF treatment is a long treatment, unlike fever in which a medicine is given and the fever goes away next week. In IVF to get results it takes time, one has to be patient; one has take treatment for many months; at times face failures and rejection.

Looking at the level of stress the couple, specifically the women undergoes; today even scientists are looking into this aspect. Today research is being done to assess if stress hamper the infertility treatment outcome; is stress directly responsible for infertility. Recent, research and scientific data suggests that yes neuro-endocrine system can interfere with processes like ovulation or conception and may play a role in infertility.

Fertility treatments, such as IUI and IVF, can take an emotional toll specially in women because of —

  • Physically
  • Emotionally
  • Financially(IVF Cost)
  • Failure and rejection

Stress factors include

  • The initial stages of IVF may be taxing because of the time involved in scheduling frequent doctor visits
  • daily hormone injections
  • frequent blood draws
  • ultrasounds two-three times a week
  • there is a two-week waiting period after each IVF treatment cycle, before the pregnancy test is given
  • the possibility of an IVF cycle being canceled, at any stage, if your body is not responding to the IVF medications

Stress Impacts IVF Treatments

  • Negative emotions (i.e. depression, anxiety, and anger) predispose women to negative IVF outcomes including a decrease in the number of eggs (oocytes) retrieved and fertilized
  • Negative emotions are also associated with poor semen quality
  • Acute stress negatively affects not only your ability to get pregnant, but also your ability to stay pregnant and deliver a healthy baby
  • An increase in positive emotions increases a woman’s chances of carrying and delivering a healthy baby
  • The more negative a woman’s outlook the lower the chances are of conceiving through IVF
  • Marital distress in women increases the number of IVF treatment cycles required for pregnancy
  • The second major reason, after financial limitations, that couples drop out of IVF treatment is emotional stress, burnout or marital conflict- premature drop-out reduces your chances of getting pregnant

To help with identifying stress in IVF patients Dr. Uday Thanawala has devised a 5 point questionnaire. These are simple questions like how often do you feel good? How often do you feel interested in life? Etc. Based on the answer provided doctors can evaluate how stressed the patient is and then initiate measures to reduce stress in the patient.

Read Article in more : How to Manage Stress During IVF Treatment!