Managing relationships during IVF

Does IVF have an effect on relationships?

In vitro fertilization (IVF) can indeed have an impact on relationships, both positively and negatively. Here are some ways it can affect relationships:
Stress and emotional strain can affect couples who are undergoing the process of IVF treatments. The stress of the procedures, the uncertainty of success, and the financial burden can put a strain on the relationship.
Couples may need to discuss their feelings, fears, and expectations about the process, which can either strengthen their bond or create tension if communication breaks down.
Going through IVF can strengthen the sense of partnership and shared goals between couples as they work together to achieve their dream of having a child. However, if partners have different expectations or levels of commitment to the process, it can lead to conflict.
IVF treatments may require lifestyle changes, such as modifications to diet, exercise, and work schedules. These changes can sometimes lead to shifts in roles within the relationship, which may require adjustment and compromise.
IVF procedures can affect sexual intimacy, especially if they involve timed intercourse or other medical interventions that may make sex feel more like a medical procedure rather than an expression of intimacy.
IVF can strengthen the support system within a relationship, as couples often rely on each other for emotional support during the ups and downs of treatment. Additionally, seeking support from friends, family, or support groups can also be beneficial.
The success or failure of IVF can have a profound impact on the relationship. If the treatment is successful, it can bring immense joy and fulfillment to the couple.

How to manage relationships during IVF:

Managing a relationship during IVF can be a demanding task for couples. In general, navigating this journey requires a combination of strategies to ensure mutual support, communication, and resilience. Here are the following things couples can do to manage their relationship during IVF:
Partners should feel comfortable sharing their emotions, fears, and hopes with each other throughout the IVF process. Regular check-ins can help ensure that both individuals feel heard and supported.
Both partners must have realistic expectations for each stage of treatment and be prepared for setbacks.  Accept the unpredictability of the IVF process, and that success is not guaranteed.
Both of them must offer emotional support to each other when it is needed during difficult moments.
Both individuals should prioritize their physical and mental well-being by engaging in activities that reduce stress and promote relaxation.
Despite the medical nature of IVF treatments, it’s important that couples maintain intimacy with each other.
Seeking external support can also be beneficial. Whether from friends, family, or a therapist, having a supportive network can provide additional guidance and understanding during this time.
In Eva INF and Women’s Center we have a team of psychologist who helps couple undergoing IVF to come out of stress.