According to research firm Wirthlin Worldwide, 43 percent of women ages 18 to 34 reported an increase in stress during the holidays, while 37 percent of men 18 to 34 did. In addition, almost 52 percent of the women, ages 35 to 54, said their stress levels go up during the holidays and 40 percent of surveyed men in the same age bracket said their stress levels increase with the holidays.
"Infertility treatment that incorporates the services of a mental health professional can help patients alleviate persistent feelings of depression or anxiety, improve diminished self-esteem, and lead patients to strengthen their marital relationship and return to a satisfying sexual life," said Rausch, who practices at The Cabin: A Family Counseling & Resource Center in Zionsville, Ind.
RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, offers couples the
following tips to cope with the holidays:
* Be selective about accepting invitations to parties and holiday
celebrations, especially the ones at which you know there will be a
lot of children or pregnant women. Remember: you don't have to say
* Spend time doing things you like best: preparing a spectacular meal,
taking long walks, going horse-back riding or jogging, or curling up
by a fire with a good novel.
* Don't be caught off guard by unexpected or embarrassing questions
about your plans for having a family.
Plan your responses, but don't feel that you have to disclose all the
details of your situation either!<
|SOURCE Midwest Fertility Specialists|
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