I am a chronic planner. Even when writing this 1st real post…chronic planner. I planned what to write, when to write, and when would be a good time to post! Maybe it’s the Capricorn in me, or that I am a little type A, or maybe those are just excuses – ha ha.
But maybe my need to be a planner is what made me a good fit for IVF.
For those of you new to the term IVF, it stands for “in-vitro fertilization”. It’s the “big gun” of infertility treatments. And with IVF, timing is of the essence.
When going through an IVF cycle, every aspect is planned. Virtually every part of your day seems to revolve around your cycle. Your doctor tells you when to eat, sleep, and poop (well maybe not that planned, but it feels like it is).
Ok in all seriousness, you do have to prepare yourself for the time commitment. There will be days where you will have to give yourself multiple medications, weeks where you will be at your doctor’s office daily for monitoring appointments, and specific procedures planned down to the hour and minute.
You also have to plan for the emotional commitment. Going through infertility, especially an IVF cycle can be taxing emotionally. As much as you want to remain calm, cool, and collected, it’s almost impossible to stay that way at all times.
Here’s where more planning comes in ;)
Have an emotional plan! Your doctor will layout your IVF cycle plan, but it’s left in your hands to layout your emotional plan, to keep yourself “sane”.
Know that it’s going to be a stressful time. The best thing you can do is to arm yourself with tools to keep your cool. Find a support system (and use it), have a stress relief go-to like a workout or massage or acupuncture (and enjoy them), and be a part of society, there will be days you want to hole up and stay in but go on a date night with your hubby, enjoy a girls night out! You need it – trust me!
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