It’s that lovely time of year… Sidewalks are bustling, dining is al fresco, and people are either preparing for a beach vacation or are just getting back from one. Ah, sweet summertime! What else is sweet about summer? The bounty of fruits and vegetables that are perfectly ripe this time of year. So if you’re trying to conceive or simply working on your overall wellness, it's a great time to take advantage of all that fresh produce to create a healthy, balanced plate.
Dealing with infertility is a challenge, to say the least. Once you come to terms with the fact that the path to your end goal (a baby) is going to be more complex, you’re faced with another challenge – absorbing lots of new information and working with a full team of people to help make your dream come true.
When you’re considering making an appointment with a fertility specialist, there are so many factors to consider.
Taking a break during fertility treatment can be a real gift to yourself (if you can bring yourself to actually take the time off). One might even think of "time off" as, gasp, a vacation! A vacation from the doctor's appointments, monitoring, testing, procedures, blood draws, and more.
The state of the world right now is stressful, and fertility treatment can be stressful too. The unpredictability of the fertility journey can, as one patient said to me, “take the stuffing out of you.” At the same time, the world seems to be throwing us challenging curve balls every week. Just when we have hope that there will be a respite from the stress, there is more. And many of us are more isolated than ever, given our current social distancing guidelines. Under normal circumstances, the stress of fertility treatment can be enough to make you want to hide under the covers and not come out…and now, there’s no one physically around to stop us.
Infertility has been likened to a rollercoaster, a merry-go-round (though it's hard to find the merry when you’re in the middle of it), a see saw and many other analogies. You get the idea - lots of ups, downs, swoops around, and general uncertainty. Because of this, life can feel out of control.