Intersection of medical science and psychology, research and clinical practice insights for daily life.
Grounded in the sniw
Learning to be patient..how challenging for the mind to be stuck on ground and not able to fly. Waiting in snow chaos in Zurich. As if there’s never any snow here!! We’re seriously challenged to remain calm, when in such a special scenario. The crew and all passengers kept very quiet. Thanks to the chocolate everyone got, I assume!
Personally, I feel I didn’t deal well with the situation! It’s been mentally very stressful to just sit and wait, without any agenda!!
Especially, since I have specific plans for this evening and my son’s very first birthday!
I so wish, I’d been up earlier this morning and having had my exercise in, instead of wanting to squeeze that in too.
But that’s the typical “shoulda, woulda, coulda” attitude that doesn’t change anything, only makes one more irritated.
Do everything you want BEFORE a flight or train ride!
Find tranquility in a situation you can’t change!
Stay open-minded and curious.
Challenging times ask for decompression!
Go for some exercise to not share the negative energy elsewhere!
Look at the bright sides, stay positive!
Couples coping with infertility
Infertility can affect anyone. There’s no socioeconomic advantage or exception of infertility. Yet, of course depending on the medical system, it can also be a very costly experience.
Yet while infertility can be a major stressor on a relationship, many aspects can actually help strengthen it. The most important part of the process is, to undergo it as a team, with a united goal, to become a family, one way or another. That’s however much easier said than done. Here are some aspects to keep in mind, that can help a couple to cope with infertility.
Be a team self-blame starts when you see infertility as your own struggle.
Try to keep some spontaneous intimacy. “Planned sex” is unsexy.
Manage your stress. Seek professional help, if your stress becomes unbearable and overwhelming.
Communicate honestly. Resentment and anxiety can shut down the lines of communication in a marriage or partnership.
Become educated. Knowledge is powerful, especially when it comes from a qualified expert.
Set goals and limits. Communicate honestly about your limits, and set mutual goals. You may also decide to explore alternative methods of starting a family, such as egg or sperm donation, or adoption and decide when you’ll consider such methods,
Lifestyle factors and fertility
Lifestyle choices, such as excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, and high stress levels can negatively impact fertility in men and women.
What can be done?
It’s always easier said than done!
Change is super tough!!
Ask yourself, which adjustments are feasible and sustainable.
-Less is more. If you want to change a habit, start with a small change that you can maintained over a long period of time.
-Do it as a team and support each other.
Fertility treatments are super tough. You may therefore fall back into old habits. Don’t blame each other.
-Meet each other with dignity, kindness, and respect.
Set yourself a goal, like the Everest camps.
Start with base camp one, two, etc. nobody reaches the top within one day!
Fertility treatments can take a longtime to succeed. Keep your daily life and especially important your social life going. It’s crustal for mental and physical well-being.
Hormonal imbalances affecting fertility
Hormonal problems and irregularities, such hyper and hypo thyroid activity can impact fertility, the female cycle and male sperm production and quality.
Common causes of hormonal imbalance that affect ovulation
Some of the most commonly diagnosed conditions and hormonal imbalances are anovulation, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and hyperprolactinemia.
These conditions often result in infrequent or absent ovulation, which complicates an individual’s or couple’s ability to become pregnant.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance
Often times, hormonal imbalance is not diagnosed until an individual experiences infertility. Women may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Absent or irregular periods.
Spotting between periods.
Heavy or painful periods.
Increased hair growth on the face, neck, chest, and back.
Unexplained weight gain.
Constipation and diarrhea.
Men are less likely to have a hormonal imbalance that contributes to infertility than women, but they may still experience symptoms such as:
Low sperm count.
Reduced body hair growth.
Breast tenderness and overdevelopment of breast tissue.
Thinning hair or male pattern hair loss.
It’s important to discuss any of the above symptoms with a reproductive endocrinologist if infertility is suspected.
No specific cause of infertility can be identified despite thorough testing and evaluation. Treatments include fertility medication, lifestyle changes, intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF).
How many couples have unexplained infertility?
The exact rates vary because the definition of fertility testing varies. What one provider considers standard or comprehensive fertility testing may differ from other providers.
According to one source, in 10% of couples trying to conceive, fertility tests are normal and there’s no detectable cause for infertility. But another source says unexplained infertility cases are as high as 30%.
Is it possible to get pregnant with unexplained infertility?
Yes, it's possible to get pregnant if you're diagnosed with unexplained infertility. A study from the National Institute of Health (NIH) found that 92% of couples with unexplained infertility who had fertility treatments ultimately had a child. A diagnosis of unexplained infertility doesn't mean you have to give up your dreams of a baby.
Several lifestyle factors contribute to infertility. Some things you can do to help your chances of conceiving are:
Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and using recreational drugs.
Maintain a healthy weight.
Eat a well-balanced diet.
Try to get 30 minutes of exercise each day.
Limit caffeine consumption.
Reduce your stress.
Key points about male factor infertility
Male infertility means a man is not able to start a pregnancy with his female partner.
Male infertility can have many causes. You may not make enough sperm or healthy sperm. You may have a genetic problem like cystic fibrosis. You may have a blockage in your genital tract.
You may be more likely to have male infertility if you have had genital infections, injury to your testicles, or early or late puberty.
Treatment depends on what is causing your infertility. Treatments include artificial insemination, medicines, and surgery.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:
Know the reason for your visit and what you want to happen.
Before your visit, write down questions you want answered.
Bring someone with you to help you ask questions and remember what your provider tells you.
At the visit, write down the name of a new diagnosis, and any new medicines, treatments, or tests. Also write down any new instructions your provider gives you.
Know why a new medicine or treatment is prescribed, and how it will help you. Also know what the side effects are.
Ask if your condition can be treated in other ways.
Know why a test or procedure is recommended and what the results could mean.
Know what to expect if you do not take the medicine or have the test or procedure.
If you have a follow-up appointment, write down the date, time, and purpose for that visit.
Know how you can contact your provider if you have questions.