At Bath Fertility Centre, we appreciate that going through fertility investigations and treatments can be stressful and provoke anxiety. For many people, the biggest cause of anxiety is not necessarily the events they are living through but their thoughts about them.
We adopt a mindful approach to fertility treatment, where it feels appropriate. This can enable patients to feel calmer and more in control of their emotions. Breathing and relaxation techniques can help to make some procedures more comfortable.
Mindfulness is a very talked about topic at the moment in all walks of life.
So what is mindfulness?
In its simplest form, mindfulness is a form of meditation which focuses on being in the moment and uses breathing techniques to concentrate the mind. Studies have found benefits in terms of decreasing stress levels, reducing anxiety and pain and people can feel happier and more positive.
The impact of being told you need to be referred for fertility treatment is riddled with anxiety.
Dr Kate Kerr MBBS BSc Psychology, is a GP with a special interest in sexual and reproductive health, explains why she began to offer mindfulness to patients at Bath Fertility Centre.
She said: “When patients come to us at the Bath Fertility Centre they are often anxious and worried, not only about whether they will be able to have a family of their own, but about the processes they may need to go through during fertility treatment. Time is very often an issue too, especially with more and more women choosing to have a family later in life.
We try to help some patients deal with this anxiety by adopting a mindful and more holistic approach when undertaking certain procedures. This can help them feel calmer and reduce any pain they would experience. We have received a lot of positive feedback about this approach.”