We know that stress takes a toll on a woman's ability to persevere through fertility treatments. Research shows that stress is the number one reason insured fertility patients drop out of treatment.
Time, money, unsuccessful cycles, envy at friends' pregnancies, the holidays, questions from family about your fertility status, and so many more. The list of triggers for stress during infertility treatment can feel endless. Coping with that stress often feels isolating and lonely. But loneliness is just a feeling. Your experience is natural and shared by many during infertility treatment. It's important to know you are not alone.
Dr. Alice Domar and her team of psychologists deeply understand the very real and natural emotions that accompany infertility, and with this understanding they established the Mind/Body Program for Fertility.
The goal of this program is to help you get your life back, to become the person you were before you started trying to become pregnant, and to feel healthy and whole even as you continue to pursue your dream of parenthood.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
- 50% of Mind/Body Program participants become pregnant within six months
- 95% become parents somehow within two years
- Research indicates that participants see reductions in anxiety and depression
- Participants see an increase in pregnancy rates
- The most recent research shows a more than doubling of IVF success rates
- A large federally-funded study showed that 55% of previously infertile women who met regularly in a Mind Body/Fertility Program conceived within six months after the program, compared to only 20% in a control group that used no mind/body techniques
The Mind/Body Program for Fertility is a ten-week group program for women with infertility that is led by a Domar Center psychologist, who is an expert in the emotional aspects and challenges of infertility.
Our program, which is held at Boston IVF's Waltham Center, offers support for women at any stage of infertility treatment, including those who are currently cycling, taking a break, or have exhausted what their physicians can offer.
In most groups, about half the participants are either beginning or in the midst of IVF treatment. The program enables you to take back control of your life, cope with your infertility in a positive way, and learn about lifestyle habits that can enhance your fertility and contribute to your happiness and good health for the rest of your life.
Our groups provide this support through:
- skills training
- guidance from two ‘peer counselors’ in each program who have experienced infertility and understand what you are going through
- group sharing with other women experiencing infertility
- shared knowledge, resources, experiences
- coping skills
- relaxation techniques
- stress-management strategies
- pros and cons of different alternative approaches
- advice to achieve the most fertility-enhancing lifestyle behaviors