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Here’s How to Fit Fertility Treatment into Your Busy Schedule

By Evette Garside @evette77

Here’s how to fit fertility treatment into your busy scheduleHere’s how to fit fertility treatment into your busy schedule

While it's very distressing to receive an infertility diagnosis,you'll quickly find there are many fertility treatments available to help you become a mom.

Fortunately, you can find the right treatment option for you through assisted reproductive technologies (ART), including but not limited to intrauterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF), or using fresh or frozen donor eggs.

Various medical conditions can impact fertility such as irregular periods, irregular ovulation, endometriosis, fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome as well as premature ovarian failure.

If you're suffering from premature ovarian aging or failure,you may wish to investigate using donor eggs as a possible solution. It's proven to be one of the best treatments for POA/POF and requires the shortest time commitment of any fertility treatment available, making it a top choice for those with busy schedules.

Lifestyle choices like smoking, poor diet, poor sleep, and stress can also contribute to an infertility diagnosis. If you can identify and address the habits that apply to you, you'll improve your chances of a successful pregnancy.

In addition to adjusting your lifestyle to ensure a healthy pregnancy, you must find a way to fit your fertility treatments into your current schedule. Here are a few pointers that mayhelp you navigate your way through fertility appointments while juggling an already busy schedule.

Keep your mindset right

The right state of mind is an essential foundation for any endeavour. Your attitude regarding your fertility treatment will often determine how the experience will be. If you approach it as a scary unknown that will take up too much ofyour time, you'll feel negatively about it and will easily get disheartened if the going gets tough, as it sometimes does.

While fertility treatment can take a toll on one emotionally, mentally and financially, keeping a positive attitude is very beneficial. A calm frame of mind will help you to feel more in control of your emotions and life.

Inform yourself

Knowledge is power. Find out as much as you can about the options available to you. Consider and discuss them with your medical practitioner. The better informed you are, the better position you'll be in to make decisions about your choice of treatment and how to plan for it.

For instance, find out how long each fertility treatment takes. What is the time frame for each procedure? Is there a recovery period? What are the typical delays, and how long do they take?

Once you have a better understanding of what the process entails and how long your treatment is likely to last, you'll be in a better position to make your decision and plans.

Get organised

Organisation brings welcome relief to chaos.

You can do the same with your schedule. Get a planner and organise your life. Write everything you need to do and all your appointments down. Start by writing down your treatment appointments if you have the dates. Then, add everything else in around them. Once you see it all written down, you'll soon notice you have time for (almost) everything, which will alleviate much of your stress.

Of course, fitting in your treatment appointments may mean you need to reprioritise some of your other activities and commitments. Be flexible and don't try to do everything. If for a few weeks you can't get to your book club, it's not the end of the world.

Writing everything down in your planner will also help you not double book or forget appointments.

Be unapologetic about sticking to your priorities

Learning to prioritise and sticking to your plan means you'll need to learn to say no. Sometimes you'll need to say no to coffee with a friend because an hour on your own may be more valuable to your mental health.

What's important is for you to eliminate as much pressure from your life as possible so you can keep a positive mindset.

Besides, if you've confided in select family members and friends, they'll understand and make allowances for you missing a few social engagements or family obligations.

Consider a time-efficient fertility treatment

If you're under a significant time constraint, you might consider choosing a frozen donor egg cycle. Frozen donor egg cycles can be completed in a very short amount of time - in fact, a single cycle can be completed in as few as four weeks from start to finish.

This is a time-efficient choice because you don't need to synchronise your menstrual cycle with your donor's cycle, as is the case with fresh donor egg treatment. Frozen donor eggs are ready to use whenever you're ready to begin your treatment process. This means you decide when to start your cycle, which makes planning your schedule much easier.

Another time-saving factor is the elimination of time spenttravelling to your donor's location or vice versa, as is often the case with fresh donor egg IVF. With a frozen donor egg cycle, your donor eggs will be shipped to your fertility clinic and can immediately be used for your treatment after thawing.

Don't go it alone

Undergoing fertility treatment can be overwhelming at times,and you may not always be able to fulfil all your obligations.

Let a few of your family and friends know about your plans,and don't be shy about asking them for help from time to time. Knowing there's someone you can count on to help, can boost your confidence and help you cope with a busier-than-usual schedule.

With the help of those around you, the right mindset and detailed planning, you'll comfortably be able to handle the addition of a fertility treatment to your busy sched


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