Trying to get pregnant for an extended period of time without success can cause great stress emotionally and physically. Many people learn to live with these challenges as a fact of life. As stress and anxiety gradually increase in one’s life, it can become harder to see the impact on well-being and overall happiness. At the Kaiser Permanente Centers for Reproductive Health, we believe it is very important to have an open line of communication with your provider and ask for a referral to a mental health counselor if you feel that it would be beneficial.
Although more research needs to be done to validate a connection between stress and IVF outcomes, we encourage our patients going through infertility treatment to do all they can to feel healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Kaiser Permanente offers several stress-reduction classes and resources at various medical centers.