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Is Your IVF Cycle a Daily Grind?

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by Stephanie Fry, The IVF Companion, June 22, 2010

As a new or not-so-new infertility patient you may be surprised and a bit overwhelmed by the amount of time and attention a treatment cycle actually requires. Taking multiple medicines, going on frequent monitoring appointments, receiving daily instructions, mentally gearing up for procedures and the long wait to follow can take a lot out of you.

As the physical, hormonal and emotional pressures combine with your every day obligations even small things can begin to feel stressful and it can be easy to lose yourself in the daily grind of cycling. Creating a few positive rituals that you practice regularly throughout your treatment is a great way to add a little positive energy to your cycle and to make sure you are remembering the all important rule of taking care of yourself.

Let’s put it this way, we all know that a 7a.m. blood draw or a date with ‘the wand’ are not high on anyone’s list of fun things to do but if you can begin to associate these obligatory events with a positive feeling then you can remove some of the stress and tension that they create. For instance, after you administer each shot, a heresy kiss or a little massage from your partner is a great way to associate that nightly ritual with something comforting.

You probably will never look forward to the shot, but if you are consistent you can begin to associate it with a little treat.

When you get up an extra hour early to make it to monitoring before work, let yourself have that special coffee drink that has too many calories and costs a few extra bucks. I’m sure they make it in decaf and maybe non-fat too. If coffee’s not your thing, splurge on that fat glossy magazine or the newest best seller to read in the waiting room. You don’t have to break the bank but if a little indulgence is going to make your experience more pleasant, it's definitely worth it in the long run.

In short, if you think of all your cycle responsibilities as chores or negative events to be survived, your cycle will be pretty hard get through. Attaching a positive ritual to the difficult elements of the process is an excellent way to make a cycle survivable and dare I say it, in some cases, enjoyable.

We’d love to hear about any in-cycle rituals that help you survive the grind so please share!

With Hope & Best Wishes for a Positive Cycle,

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