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Stress relating to testing and treatment

Stress relating to fertility problems includes a heightened sense of threat or ‘fight or flight’ response to a very challenging experience (e.g. fertility testing and treatment), which may lead to

  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Over researching every aspect of the treatment or pursuing treatment options that may not be beneficial.
  • Becoming anxious about being stressed (“I must not be stressed or I will ruin my chances”)

Reducing fertility related stress could benefit you by

  • Improving your overall emotional and physical wellbeing.
  • Empowering you to make well thought out and clearer treatment and life choices.
  • Research has shown that it may also benefit treatment outcome.
  • Helps you to feel more in control.
  • Reduces the burden of fertility testing and treatment.
  • Supports your relationships.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that looks at:

  • The way you think about yourself/others
  • What you think about the situation (e.g. fertility problem) you are experiencing and
  • How what you do and feel is influenced by what you think and believe

Mindfulness Therapy is beneficial because Mindfulness supports the body and the mind.

  • Integrating Mindfulness improves mental and physical health
  • It helps to relieve stress and improve sleep
  • Mindfulness is supportive in the treatment of depression, low mood, anxiety, couples conflict and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness helps people to manage painful emotions
    (Harvard Medical School)