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When You Should Stop Fertility Treatments If They Are Not Working

October 27, 2017

The path to parenthood isn't always easy. Many of us struggle to conceive, even after undergoing fertility treatments. If you have been dealing with infertility for years, you might be wondering when it's time to stop your treatments. Reevaluating your family game plan can be a scary (but necessary) prospect.

Check our tips on how to handle this process of starting a new chapter in you and your family's life:

  • Talk to someone: Only your physician can tell you exactly what the medical risks and benefits of continuing with or stopping your treatments are. Your physician understands your unique situation, and it is crucial that you discuss your options with him or her. You might also want to see a mental health professional. Undergoing fertility treatments is an emotional process, and you might struggle to cope with your feelings of loss if you decide to end your treatments. Additionally, there are many online support communities for people dealing with infertility. Surrounding yourself with people who love and support is essential when planning your next step on your path to becoming a parent.
  • Reconsider your goals: Many people start their journey to parenthood with the same goals: they want to conceive naturally, support their child financially and emotionally, and have a solid support system for their child, including living grandparents. Unfortunately, life often has other plans for us. If you are struggling to conceive, now is the time to reconsider your goals. There are many other options available to you, including adoption, sperm or egg donation, or fostering. And remember, it's possible to live a fulfilling, child-free life.
  • Give Yourself a Break: Feeling down from all the change in your life? Try some activities that are scientifically proven to lower stress levels. Listening to classical music, taking a ten minute walk, or watching a funny viral online video can help boost endorphins and soothe your body. Even practicing deep breathing exercises or meditating for five minutes a day can help decrease levels of stress hormones. When you prioritize self-care, you are better able to handle the challenges in your life.

While the prospect of ending fertility treatments and closing that chapter of your life can be frightening, many people experience relief after choosing to end treatments. Fertility treatments can put a heavy strain on your life--physically, financially, and emotionally. If you do decide to stop fertility treatments, give yourself time to grieve. Explore your other options and when your mourning period is over, remember to celebrate the beginning of a new journey.  

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