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Trying to Conceive Stress: How to Cope & Find Support

Infertility can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety, both individually and as a couple. Having the support you need and good coping skills can help you and your partner get through this difficult challenge. Learn more about the relationship between stress and infertility, how to cope better, and ways to improve your relationship as you go through infertility together.
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Depression Quiz
Infertility not only commonly causes depression, but the depression can then further harm your fertility. Take this quiz to find out if you're experiencing depression symptoms.

10 Ways to Cope When Trying to Get Pregnant Overwhelms You
Trying to conceive can take over your life in so many ways -- the two week wait, pregnancy test and fertility testing anxiety, your relationships, your everyday mood. Here are 10 ways to cope and take back your life from infertility and TTC.

Trying to Conceive and Your Sex Life
If you or your partner feels that your sexual relationship has deteriorated because of infertility, you are not alone. These are some of the many ways infertility can affect your sex life.

12 Resolutions for Anyone Trying to Get Pregnant
If you want to do something to feel better, but aren't sure where to start, these 12 resolutions -- one for each month of the year -- will help.

10 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself If You’re Fertility Challenged
Infertility is hard enough -- don't be hard on yourself on top of it all! Here are 10 things you must stop doing to yourself if you're living with infertility.

Two-Week Wait Survival Tips
The two week wait can be a very stressful time for those trying to get pregnant. Here's how to cope!

How to Cope with Fertility Treatment Stress
If you think infertility alone is stressful, wait until you begin treatment! How can you cope during this time?

Doctor Prescribed Sex During Fertility Treatment
Having sex "on demand" during fertility treatment isn't easy. Here's how to cope.

How to Improve Your Sex Life When Trying to Get Pregnant
Trying to get pregnant can really stress your sex life. Here's how to cope, and what you can do to improve your sex life.

Infertility and Depression 101
What is the connection between infertility and depression? Can depression cause infertility? How can you tell if it's "just the blues" or something more serious? Learn what you need to know about depression and infertility here.

Trying to Get Pregnant and Getting Your Period
Not many women are thrilled when Aunt Flow arrives, but when you're trying to get pregnant, facing your period can be even more trying. Get coping tips here.

Getting Your Period - Coping When You Get Your Period When TTC
How do you cope (or not) when your period comes? Share your experience with period-disappointment and trying to conceive here.

Coping with Fertility Test Anxiety
Fertility test anxiety is a normal, albeit uncomfortable, part of infertility.

Coping with Secondary Infertility
Secondary infertility creates many of the same emotional stresses that primary infertility causes, but there are some unique aspects. Learn more about how dealing with secondary infertility can be different than primary infertility, and how to cope better.

Why Do I Sometimes Feel Pregnant When I Am Not Pregnant?
Every trying to conceive woman has experienced it: feeling pregnant -- almost positive you're experiencing pregnancy symptoms -- only to find out you're not. Why does this happen? Learn why, and how to cope, in this article.

Signs of Infertility Related Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are common in couples trying to conceive. Could you be depressed? Review this list of signs of infertility related depression and anxiety. (This list can also be printed out, checked off, and shared with a counselor.)

Trying to Get Pregnant – Readers Share How to Cope When Trying to Get...
Many couples trying to get pregnant find that if the positive pregnancy test doesn’t happen within a few months, trying to conceive takes over everything. Share how infertility has impacted your life, and if you like, share what you're doing to take your life back.

Coping With Infertility
If you’re having a hard time coping with infertility, you’re not alone. Research has shown that the psychological stress experienced by women with infertility is similar to that of women coping with illnesses like cancer, HIV, and chronic pain. Infertility is not an easy disease to cope with. Read this article to learn what kinds of feelings to...

How to Cope When You Need To Cry
Rather than hold back your tears, it's best to let them out. But letting out those tears isn't always easy to do! Learn how to create a space and time for crying in this article.

National Infertility Survival Day
National Infertility Survival Day is a relatively new holiday, invented to celebrate all the hard work and effort that infertile couples put towards trying to have a child. The day’s main emphasis is on self-care and celebration for what we do have.

You Know You’ve Been Trying to Conceive for Too Long When …
Trying to conceive can truly turn your life upside down. How would you answer the question, "You know you've been trying to conceive for too long when..."? Share your answer, and read what others have responded here.

How Infertility Affects Marriage
About.com’s Guides to Marriage, Sheri & Bob Stritof, talk about their reactions after reading the book Wanting a Child, by Jill Bialosky and Helen Schulman. They also discuss the two most painful realities for couples dealing with infertility, and how this affects a marriage.

Childless on Passover
The holidays are difficult when you're dealing with infertility, and for Jews, Passover may be the most painful to confront. Get advice on how to approach this holiday, plus read an inspiring story.

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW)
National Infertility Awareness Week®, sometimes abbreviated as NIAW, is a project of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. What is National Infertility Awareness Week? When is it? And Why is it important? Learn more here.

Christmas Tradition Ideas for Those Without Kids
Sometimes, those without kids feel aimless on the holidays. Get tips on celebrating Christmas without kids and starting your own traditions here.

When the Pregnancy Test is Negative
A negative pregnancy can be a huge disappointment. How can you cope? Get some tips here.

Taking a Break from Trying to Conceive
Sometimes the best way to decompress from the stress of infertility is taking a break altogether from trying to conceive. Learn why couples decide to take a break, the pros and cons, and how to take a break that will refresh your spirit.

How to Talk About Sex and Infertility
When you’re trying to get pregnant, sex can quickly go from something to enjoy to a necessary task. If you find yourselves talking more about when to have sex, than how to enjoy sex more, this article from About.com’s Guide to Sexuality, Cory Silverberg, can help.

Meditation Techniques for Relaxation
Infertility causes a great deal of emotional stress. Learning meditation and relaxation techniques can help you feel more centered, and help you cope with stress. About.com’s Guide to Stress, Elizabeth Scott, writes about the benefits and techniques of meditation and relaxation.

Keeping Sex Fun While Trying to Get Pregnant
Sex can quickly feel like a chore when trying to get pregnant. About.com’s Guide to Sexuality, Cory Silverberg, offers his suggestions on how to keep sex fun while trying to conceive.

5 Basic Things Every Couple Trying to Get Pregnant Should Know

Receiving a diagnosis of infertility -- or just realizing that you're taking a long time to conceive -- can be frightening and upsetting. Keep in mind these five things and you'll find yourself on steadier ground.

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