PCOS related infertility issues can leave you feeling anxious, irritable, and moody. There’s a lot of fear about the future – whether you’ll be able to get pregnant or stay pregnant, have a healthy baby or breastfeed. Or you may be thinking far into the future with worry that if you have a girl, she’ll have PCOS too.
Infertility diagnosis and treatment can increase your stress levels exponentially. Especially if you’ve started any hormonal treatments to improve your chances of getting pregnant, the irritability and mood swings are a lot to manage.
Optimizing fertility is an activity in which you, the patient, play a very active role. Taking active steps right now to improve your overall health and wellness, reduces your stress greatly! I highly recommend practicing mindfulness meditation. It reduces your pulse and heart rate and decreases anxiety, all while increasing mental flexibility, clarity, resilience, and a sense of energized calm.
Don’t worry about trying to teach yourself to meditate. There’s really no wrong way to do it. What is important is to begin where you are. To have what you want – a family – you must begin. And so, it is with mindfulness meditation. Begin with five minutes a day (three minutes if that’s all you think you can manage – even one minute) and increase until you are meditating mindfully for 20 minutes per day.
Here are my favorite meditation sites and apps:
I’m hopeful that trying meditation, as described above, will serve as the gateway to curiosity about other ways to decrease stress and improve physical and mental well-being.
Need more support? Post your questions about mindfulness meditation and infertility when you join my free Facebook private group, PCOS Psychology
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