When you and your partner make the initial decision to try for a baby, it is a very exciting time filled with fun and promise. At the start, it is likely you have formed some idea in your head regarding how long it will take you to conceive. However, if that expectation isn’t met, what was once fun can seem like a chore, and your positive attitude is slowly replaced by stress. According to WebMD, stress plays a part in up to 30% of all infertility cases.
If you are struggling to conceive and find your stress increasing, the most important thing to do is to consult with a doctor. Don’t let fear of an infertility diagnosis prevent you from finding out what is really going on with your body, and how to deal with it. The good news is that even with an infertility diagnosis, medical advancements provide hope like never before. WebMD reports that for the majority of infertility causes, there is a medical treatment that will increase your chance of pregnancy by 60 to 70 percent.
If your doctor finds no medical problems for your difficulty in conceiving, it is very likely stress is playing into your struggles. Doctors recommend incorporating relaxation strategies, such as meditation, massage, and yoga into your daily life. You may also try what is known as a “relaxation month,” which is a month in which you and your partner agree that you will take a break from your attempts to actively pursue conception.
Doctors also recommend reducing stress by getting back in touch with the reason you wanted to conceive in the first place, which is your love for your partner. Go out on dates, have fun together, and make your lovemaking a romantic event, rather than an obligation to fulfill on your calendar. Bring love and fun back into your life and let nature take its course.