A new study completed in four European countries that had the highest numbers of assisted reproductive treatments solidified what many women undergoing treatments has felt/known for a long time: struggling with trying to conceive places a large amount of emotional stress on the woman.
The study was completed in France, Germany, Italy & Spain, then published in Human Reproduction, Vol. 27, No.4 pg. 1073-1079, titled Understanding the perceptions of an emotional barriers to infertility treatment: a survey in four European countries.
445 women all between the ages of 18-44 with noted difficulties in trying to conceive were included in the study. Some of the women had treatments (in the last two years), some had not received any form of treatment and the rest were currently undergoing treatments. The researchers studied/analyzed the physical and psychological stress suffered by the participants during ovary stimulation.
Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and anger are many emotions that women go through while struggling with trying to get pregnant. Many of the patients felt that the crumbling of their relationship with their partner was the biggest cause of stress while undergoing treatments. A large number also felt high levels of anxiety about the impending injections they were about to have.
Not surprisingly, 68% of the participants never felt that they would have problems with trying to get pregnant. Honestly, what woman wants to go into trying to have a baby thinking that it will never happen the natural way, what a way to start an exciting process.
Many of the women also waited at least two years before going to see someone about issues they were having with getting pregnant. Our OB/Gyn recommends visiting a physician after 6 months of trying naturally to alert them that there may be some issues, as well as to have some tests on both the female and male ran. Many physicians will still have the couple continue to try naturally for another 6 months (resulting in a full year of trying to conceive naturally) before referring them for other treatments.
Bottom line of the study: Women struggling with trying to conceive suffer a tremendous amount of stress and other emotions. Having a strong support group may help ease some of those emotions.
To read more about the study: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121003111151.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fhealth_medicine%2Ffertility+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Health+%26+Medicine+News+–+Fertility%29