Infertility Exhaustion Explained by Ladies Night In - How to Take a Break
Infertility Exhaustion Explained by Ladies Night In
Infertility can be exhausting.
Not the physical treatments. No, fatigue is not really a side effect of any of the fertility medications or procedures.
Here’s a short list on what our women from last night’s “Ladies Night In” report on being exhausting:
1. Tracking your period
2. Receiving a rather large box of IVF medications and figuring out when to use what and how (even with a teach class that explains it and even with a step by step video on the patient portal)
3. Determining how much coffee is safe to drink
4. Determining how and when it’s ok to have a glass of wine . . .
- A cookie
- A very rigorous workout
- A long, hot bath
- A plane trip
- Cleaning the cat’s litter box
- A diet soda
5. Making sure that any information that you are reading on the internet is reliable and not hysterical or biased based on the author’s very specific agenda
6. Determining what supplements are safe and effective to take, which aren’t
7. Does XXX (insert almost any activity) compromise a fertility treatment cycle?
8. Having to focus on all these things, plus doctor’s appointments and phone calls, medications to take and to stop taking, AND not focusing on conceiving almost every single moment of your life.
Focus on Infertility (No, Wait, Don't)
Yes, exhausting is the word, isn’t it? Our women last night especially had a good laugh over the last one. Make sure that you track every bite of food that you put in your mouth because it can make a difference, but depending on your infertility diagnosis, not THAT big a difference. Change your entire life; what you eat, how much you exercise and how, when and where and if you take vacations, with whom you share your confidences and more.
Yes, definitely then also, please, don’t focus on your infertility.
After a respectable amount of time.
Are you kidding me? (Insert anything that fits well for you before the word “kidding”).
Right. Change your entire life so that you maximize your chances to become pregnant but don’t focus on your fertility.
That’s the most exhausting part, really.
In case it is at all helpful, I’d like to make a suggestion.
How to Take a Break: A Shortlist
Give yourself a rest. A break. A nap. A run. A yoga class. A movie. A trashy book.
Just give yourself a break.
Even if no one else is and you are in the middle of treatment.
Take a five minute or five hour break.
Stick your head deeply into the sand and know that it actually will be ok.
Suggestions out there about how to effectively take a break that will not make you fold in half with guilt?
My short list continues with a funny movie, a pedicure, a good book, a podcast of “wait, wait, don’t tell me” (laugh until you cry), a craft.
I would love to hear your ideas on what to do when I am ready for a break.
After all, it is Friday.
Tonight Fertile Yoga in Bethel, CT at the beautiful Yogaspace. From 6-7:15 p.m. Open to the public, as always.
Maybe that’s your break, right there.
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About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.