Coping with Fertility Test Anxiety

on Dec 09, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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If you're struggling with infertility, it may be time to do some fertility testing. Find out ways of coping with fertility test anxiety.

Fertility testing can be scary. It’s not painful, or even really all that uncomfortable, but it can still be scary. The process of having the test done can be scary, but waiting for the results can be the really scary part. What will the results say? What will those results mean for the rest of your life? These are scary questions and they can be hard to deal with. There is no magic cure for taking away the anxiety or worry associated with fertility testing, but there are a few things you can do to help make it a little more manageable for you. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Talk at length with your doctor

Even though you will inevitably be nervous about the results, if you spend some time talking with your doctor about what the testing will entail, it will probably ease your mind a bit about that part of it. Ask your doctor as many questions as you can think of, and have him or her provide as much detail as they can about the testing process. You can also ask your doctor how long it will take to get the results of the test and when you can expect to know something. Try not to ask your doctor too much about what you will do after you get the results of the test. Try not to get too far ahead of yourself, and take things one day at a time.

Take someone with you

Having a trusted friend or family member with you on the day of the test can really help to make you feel better and less anxious about what you are doing. Make sure to take a friend or family member with you that is good at making you laugh, and keeping your mind off of things. That can really help. When it is time for the test, it is okay to tell the doctor or nurse doing the testing that you are nervous. In fact, they may be able to offer some advice or tell you a tip or trick to make the test less scary for you.

Waiting for results

I know it is easier said that done, but try to take your mind off of waiting for the results. Absorb yourself in something that you know will take your mind off of the results. Keep as busy as you possibly can. Also, although this is a very hard one: Stay off the internet! Searching for what the test results might show will only make you more nervous and scared and is not a good course of action. Don’t feel bad about calling the doctor’s office to ask for your results if the time passes and no one has contacted you. It’s okay to want to know as soon as possible, and it’s expected. When your doctor tells you the results, try to remain calm and not overreact when you hear the results. Keep in mind that 90% of infertility cases can be pinpointed down to a cause, and you can treat that problem and work from there. There is always an alternative option, and where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

  • mirrorchair

    i am trying to have another baby i have one and she is four i took the birth contol shot only one it started oct. 28 is it still in my system is that why i csnt get pregnant right now

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Yes, there is a good chance that hormonal imbalances due to your last birth control shot are preventing you from getting pregnant. Getting pregnant as soon as 3-4 months after your last shot is possible, however; its hormone effects may prevent you from conceiving up to 2 years from your last shot.

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  • Emma

    I am 32, so is my husband, and we’re just going into our 9th cycle actively trying. I have been temping for 6 cycles, so am confident I am ovulating and although my temperature rises gradually after ovulation it gets reasonably high and my luteal phase is consistently 13 days. Neither of us have been exposed to STIs, and there is nothing obvious in our histories that might predispose us to infertility (apart from my age) and I’m confident we are hitting the fertile time for intercourse. I am not sure how worried to be at this stage, I am certainly beginning to feel quiet anxious which is becoming an emotional drain. We take all the folic acid, zinc etc in multivitamin form. My cycles range from 28-36 days (although before TTC they only ranged from 29-32).
    Would you recommend we move on to getting some tests done, or do you think there’s still a reasonable chance of conceiving naturally?

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