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.
What is mindfulness?
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.
Why do we offer a mindfulness approach to fertility treatment?
Dr Kate Kerr MBBS BSc Psychology, is a GP with a special interest in sexual and reproductive health, explains we offer mindfulness to patients at Bath Fertility.
“When patients come to us at Bath Fertility 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. The wellbeing of our patients is very important to us” says Dr Kerr.
We try to help patients who deal with anxiety by adopting a mindful and more holistic approach when undertaking certain procedures. This can help them feel calmer and reduce any main they would experience. We have received a lot of positive feedback from this approach.
Dr Kerr adds, “It can empower women and can make them feel more in control. Please ask your Fertility Specialist if you feel this approach would benefit you”.