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Anxiety & anxious predictions

Facing fertility problems can be one of the most distressing life experiences for an individual or couple to undergo. It can feel overwhelming at times to face ongoing medical appointments, intrusive procedures and uncertainty relating to the future. This can also affect our thinking and how we feel. Anxiety relating to fertility problems may lead to:

  • Anxious thinking e.g. “this will never work… we’re being punished”
  • Low frustration tolerance e.g. “this cycle better work or I won’t cope”
  • To withdraw from others (including support)
  • Feeling out of control
  • Only thinking of fertility treatment and your desire to have a baby
  • Panic attacks
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficult to concentrate on other tasks
  • May tranquilise feelings (food/alcohol/overwork)
  • Social isolation

Online Fertility Counselling aims to support you with:

  • Reducing anxious thinking with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which has become the most evidence based and verified treatment for reducing anxiety
  • Learning Mindfulness based stress reduction techniques
  • Provide you with self-supportive statements for difficult situations such as other peoples pregnancies, dealing with difficult questions from family, colleagues and friends and waiting for pregnancy results
  • Teach you coping skills to increase the ‘relaxation response’ instead of the ‘fight or flight’ response
    Help you to overcome and manage fertility related worry (e.g. needle phobias etc)
  • Increasing healthier thinking styles to support you in other areas of your life (e.g. task relevant thinking in work etc)

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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)