Help Coping With Fertility Test Anxiety

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Having a fertility test could cause quite a bit of anxiety for couples, especially when you have been struggling to become pregnant for quite some time. Not only do you have to wait to learn the results, but there might be some anxiety related to taking the test altogether. If you are going through this situation, here are some things you can do to cope with fertility test anxiety. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Before the test

If you are suffering from anxiety before you go to take your test, one of the first things you can do is learn more about the test you will be receiving. Have a list of questions ready for your doctor so that you can learn as much as you possibly can. For example, you may want to ask questions about any discomfort you should expect to feel, whey the test is being performed and what risks are involved.

You may also need to ask questions about pricing and what you need to do to prepare for the test. For example, some tests may require a couple of days off from work as well as someone to drive you home. You can also ask your friends who have had the test in the past more about it to get an idea about what they expected.

In addition to these items, you may want to practice some relaxation techniques to help relieve your anxiety before the test. Listening to calming music, getting a massage or even practicing yoga or breathing techniques could help you relax and not worry as much about the procedure.

During the Test

If you worry about the anxiety you will feel during the test, there are also several things you can do. For example, try to bring a friend or spouse with you to help distract you from the procedure. Also, practice your breathing techniques in here and tell your doctor you are nervous beforehand. Your doctor may be able to help you relax and take your mind off the procedure if they know you are nervous in advance.


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After the Test

Waiting for the results of the test can be brutal. During the waiting period, try to stay as busy as you can and avoid thinking about the results all the time. However, make sure you give yourself time to talk about your feelings with a close friend or partner. Getting them out there in the open could help make them easier to deal with.

After you do get the results, make sure you discuss them with your doctor and ask about what your options are. At that point, you will be ready to make some decisions that will move you forward in your journey to become pregnant.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).