Answer from: Karenna Wood
The infertility roller coaster – it really is probably the best description of going through infertility because it is such an up and down journey, unfortunately. Not only hormonally do we change throughout our cycle, so you may experience those natural ups and downs through your cycle from your hormones but, also, of course, you have those changing expectations through your cycle. As you approach ovulation there’s hope, and as you then approach potentially your period and another month of trying, it can be really hard and actually getting your period can be very difficult. So not only have you got those natural flows but you also have the impact that infertility is having on you and your life and that is very wide-ranging, impacting your work, impacting your relationships, not only with your partner but also your family, friends, so it’s impacting on your social life as well, impacting on all the things that you’re having to do for infertility.
In terms of diet and those kinds of things, if you’re making changes in your life to diet, or environment, or to exercise, it can be really hard to motivate so you can be up and down in those kinds of things as well. The best advice is to really try and stabilize yourself, you are the core of this journey so it’s really trying to find yourself again, who are you right now within the middle of this journey and finding what makes you have strength, and what makes you feel good and well right now. And that can really help sort of bolster your bottom line almost so you can weather this storm, this up and down storm of infertility a little better, and there’s so much support and tools out there for you.
Why is infertility/IVF treatment a roller-coaster ride of emotions?
You might have heard or even experienced it yourself that the fertility journey is a roller-coaster of emotions. Why is that?