Ultimately, alternative therapies like hypnotherapy or acupuncture aren’t proven to help fertility or improve treatment success rates. But if you’re struggling with anxiety during your treatment, therapies like these might make things easier – even something as simple as a relaxing massage could help. If you’re considering any kind of complimentary therapy, check it’s okay with your IVF clinic nurse or doctor first.
Mindfulness is a simple, and increasingly popular, form of meditation, and you can practise it wherever you are. It’s all about bringing your mind into the present and paying attention to your surroundings, so it can be very useful when it comes to controlling anxious thoughts. There’s lots of information available online, and you can even download mobile apps to get you started; read more about mindfulness on the NHS website.
It’s important that you look after yourself properly during treatment. Having a happy, healthy body will help to keep your mind calm and reduce anxiety, so do your best to eat well and make time for exercise; if you’re worried about whether your chosen exercise could affect your treatment, just check with your clinic first. Also, remember to set aside time for yourself to focus on the things you enjoy, whether that’s going to the gym, reading a book or just watching your favourite programme on TV.