Posts Tagged ‘infertile woman’

Tips on Dealing with Fertility Related Stress

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Here are some tips from Rosa Santoyo, MS, LMFT, our licensed therapist, with over 20 years experience, who can help you cope with the anxiety and mixed emotions whirling around patients struggling with infertility.  Below are her thoughts and suggestions on managing your infertility related stress.

dearling with infertility stress

Why me? A commonly felt emotion is the shock and disbelief that anyone could be experiencing infertility. It is most difficult to accept it can happen to you. Usually, people plan their lives and establish dreams towards the future which may include having children. The thought of dealing with infertility doesn’t enter into the scheme of life’s goals and can therefore be quite challenging. Although the focus of attention centers on the medical or physical aspects of dealing with infertility, the emotional impact sometimes plays a secondary role. However, having a realistic attitude and expectation when dealing with any difficulty or challenge is vitally important and can affect the ultimate outcome.

What’s next?
When dealing with any difficult situation or crisis, we cope in a variety of ways. It is important that you acknowledge thoughts and feelings and not deny the anger you may feel with yourself, your partner, the medical profession, and your religious beliefs. DON’T PANIC!! There are numerous coping strategies in dealing with your infertility issues. It is a natural for you to have feelings of sadness or depression that your dream may not come true.

Knowledge is power!
We can begin to feel empowered by obtaining information. Visiting your physician and getting an appropriate referral to a fertility specialist like Dr. David Diaz is the first step in moving forward toward resolving your infertility. Realize that all your questions are important and deserve a response. Discussing your medical options will help you make the ultimate decision less stressful and more realistic. An appropriate fertility evaluation and diagnosis can point you in the right direction.

Treatment Plans and Support Systems

Dealing with infertility has often been described as “riding an emotional rollercoaster” referring to the elation often mixed with disappointment. Communicating with your physician and medical staff and surrounding yourself with a strong support system are vital. Maintain a positive outlook and recall that the majority of patients eventually reach their goal of parenthood.

Remember that You are Not Alone

Many resources are available including individual counseling and support groups like RESOLVE, These strategies can assist you in moving forward in achieving your life’s goal of having a child.

Ms. Santoyo is available for counseling sessions with individuals and couples. You may schedule your day or evening appointments by calling 714-513-1399 or submitting our online contact form to request more information.

Alternative Methods for Managing Stress

In addition to counseling, some patients may find it useful to use alternative methods to manage stress. These include Acupuncture, Guided Imagery, Meditation and The Mind Body Program. We encourage our patients to inquire about these techniques and discover which combination works best for them. We are affiliated with a variety of experienced practitioners in all the above disciplines.

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Exploring Infertility Myth #5: Most Doctors Can Treat Infertility

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Women generally rely on their OB/GYN for routine gynecological and obstetrical care. However, when pregnancy fails to occur, the patient may need to see a Reproductive Endocrinologist (REI) for advanced infertility diagnosis and treatment.

Most OB/GYN doctors receive basic training in their residency program to help recognize female infertility. Whereas a REI completes four years of OB/GYN residency then pursues an additional two years of Fellowship Training.

An REI specialist focuses only on the fertility and reproductive needs of women who wish to become parents. Once the woman achieves pregnancy, she is returned to the care of her OB/GYN who manages her pre-natal care and delivery.

Nurse Practitioner Joan, Valued Patient and Dr. David Diaz

Recommendation: All patients should be involved in deciding upon their health care options. If you believe you need the services of an REI specialist, seek a very experienced infertility physician or ask your OB/GYN or your primary care physician for a referral.

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About Dr. David Diaz

Reproductive Endocrinologist and Fertility Specialist with over 22 years’ experience

Exploring Infertility Myth #4: It is very difficult for women over age 40 to get pregnant

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Understanding the physiologic change, for women after 40 is crucial in overcoming infertility. Simple tests are available to determine ovarian function and egg quality. For women over 40, it is necessary to measure levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Estradiol (E2). The results of these laboratory tests and the woman’s age are important in deciding the appropriate fertility treatment and expected outcome.

Keep in mind that the goal is to have a healthy child. However, when test results indicate that the outcome may be a failure, a miscarriage, or a genetically ill child, the couple is advised to consider another option. Through the miracle of egg donation or embryo donation, the uterus of the intended mother is prepared with carefully prescribed hormones and healthy embryos are placed inside the uterus.

Success rates at West Coast Fertility Centers with this technique are encouraging, with 70% to 80% of couples achieving a healthy pregnancy and the ultimate miracle of childbirth.

Recommendation: Don’t delay another minute! Take the tests to measure your ovarian reserve.