When we talk about fertility issues and the emotional challenges, we often neglect to discuss men and what they are experiencing.
The reality is men and women process emotions differently, but men do struggle as well. How the struggle is communicated and how it shows up is different, but it’s important to take notice.
Men can harbor feelings of inadequacy, performance anxiety, and an overall sense of not knowing the right thing to say or do to support their partner. Why does this matter?
Creating a Deeper Bond
When men are given the tools and support they can play a critical role in easing the burden that often sits entirely on their significant other. Men can emotionally engage at a deeper level to create a level of trust and safety that releases some of the frustration and loneliness women experience on this journey. This deeper bond has a profound effect on quality of life and the reproductive journey.
This is easier said than done when a man’s role often...
For those of us who struggle to conceive, we’ve heard the advice to “just relax” or “go on a vacation.” As if we can control our chances of conceiving by relaxing “harder”, or that relaxing has anything to do with the source of stress.
Well, it turns out it can. Struggling to conceive is a traumatic experience. That’s why 50% of women said that infertility was one of the most upsetting experiences in their life. Further evidence of the impact of stress was recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Research by Professor Greg Anderson of the Centre for Neuroendocrinology confirmed that a population of nerve cells near the base of the brain – the RFRP neurons – become active in stressful situations and then suppress the reproductive system.
You’re probably thinking: “Great, now I feel extra pressure that this is somehow my fault?”
And now the stress about how stressed you are adds to the...
According to the March of Dimes, about 10 to 15 in 100 pregnancies (10 to 15 percent) end in miscarriage. If you or someone you care about has lost a child to stillbirth, miscarriage, or any other cause at any point during pregnancy, and are feeling defeated, alone, sad, angry, or frustrated, we hear you, and we are with you.
Tens of thousands across the United States are devastated each year by the loss of their baby. If you're trying to conceive and hoping to expand your family, such a setback can be difficult, and you may feel lost. Organic Conceptions is the first organization to research and map the pivotal psychological transitions from couples, and we want to use what we've discovered to help guide you forward.
Who is Organic Conceptions?
We are helping couples on their path-to-parenthood. We’re the first organization to research, map, and bring-to-life...
Organic Conceptions is the first organization to research and map the psychological transitions of partners who overcame fertility challenges. We believe the most critical part of dealing with infertility is your relationships. While we focus primarily on the relationship one has with themselves and their partner, this includes the family and friends who want to support the partner trying to conceive.
When a friend confides in you that they are having difficulty trying to conceive, it’s vital to know that being open and transparent with our feelings can be challenging. “It takes courage and vulnerability,” Marc Sherman, our co-founder, said. “But doing so can lead to greater levels of communications, validation, and clarity on your path forward.”
If you have found yourself here, you want to support a loved one who is trying to...
On the path to parenthood, feelings of sadness, failure, jealousy, or grief when you’re dealing with infertility is understandable. It’s how these feelings impact your efforts that are worth exploring. One in eight couples struggle to get pregnant or sustain a pregnancy. The latest neuroscience studies are clear: Cognitive behavioral therapy helps balance and optimize emotional health, assisting couples in unlocking the body’s most significant potential for conception.
Infertility and Stress
The biological connection between emotional health and fertility is impossible to ignore for any couple looking to optimize their health for conception. Finding ways to minimize stress both on your own and with your partner while pursuing treatment can improve your conceiving chances. It’s so much more than “just relax!”. It’s about cognitive-...
Taking care of your health, fertility health, and addressing any concerns with your doctor to help you conceive are all vital in your path to parenthood. However, as we say often, emotional health also matters. The biological connection between emotional health and fertility is impossible to ignore for any couple looking to optimize their health for conception.
When you’re trying to conceive a child, everyone tells you to exercise, eat a healthy diet, and take your vitamins. Our research shows that making similar investments in cognitive behavioral therapy techniques can also empower couples to enhance their emotional health, improving the environment for conception and quality of life overall.
What’s important to remember is there are so many options you have available to explore, and it’s wise to address all aspects of your health. As always, Organic Conceptions is here to support you every step of the way!
-The OC Team
It was a bit surreal, for sure, as I packed up a box containing close to two decades of seemingly meaningless items from my life in corporate America. I then walked out of my corner office, handed over my badge, and exited a building that I once fought desperately, many years before, to enter.
My corporate career quest started during my junior year at college when I decided to volunteer my time to prove myself with a local fast growing company. At the time, they were only hiring engineers, and as a Business major, I had no choice but to use free labor as a way to get in the door. After several interviews over the course of 10 months, and two rejection letters (one from a co-founder), I overcame their concerns, and was officially hired on June 5, 1995. I was on top of the world!
Over the next two decades there was not a single day of my employment that went by that I took for granted. I worked every day with level of passion, integrity, and appreciation, never losing touch with...
Women seeking treatment for “infertility” are increasingly considering alternative methods to help cope with the anxiety, stress, and uncertainty for the future they experience as they struggle with mainstream infertility treatment without success. Mind-Body-Spirit approaches to treating infertility, whether used as standalone methods or accompaniments to traditional infertility treatments, offer women the opportunity to reconnect with their bodies and their spirits through movement, nutrition, and acupuncture (energy flow), to name but a few.
As a researcher of women struggling with “infertility” we contend that we need to put the “Mind” back into a mind-body-spirit approach to health and well-being. As a psychologist, I believe that movement, nutrition and energy flow are central to our well-being. Through our research, we have also found that a cognitive restructuring is also necessary to help mitigate the isolation...