Nov 06

Infertility specialists tell you to “just relax” and it will happen. Has anyone read the newspaper lately? The newspaper and media is anything but relaxing at the moment.

“Just relax” – Most people will get the Swine Flu this season, and vaccines are in short supply.
“Just relax” – Don’t forget about the recession! You still might lose your jobs.
“Just relax” – The holidays are coming up and your fertility clinic might close for two weeks.
“Just relax” - During Christmas dinner, Aunt Gertie will ask you why you’re not pregnant yet.
“Just relax” - Try IVF and IUI for the first time – a very relaxing procedure and then spend a ton of money on fertility. That’s very stress-free.
“Just relax” – Why don’t you take a nice hot bath to calm your nerves. Oh wait, you don’t want to hard-boil anything inside of you.

How can we be relaxed??? We need forced relaxation boot camp. A trained “relaxer” comes to our homes and work places everyday and forces us to relax. “RELAX!” They will scream at us. “JUST BE CALM AND STRESS-FREE. WHY CAN’T YOU RELAX ALREADY?”

I’m relaxed. OK! Completely calm and serene.

photo: here

9 Responses to “#858 Forced relaxation boot camp”

  1. Alyssa says:

    I feel like i have to relax but i am going through IVF which is anything but relaxing. Anyone have tips on how to relax during infertility treatments?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Comments that make me want to punch someone in the face:

    "You just have to RELAX!! Don't worry – it will happen. It won't happen if you're stressed! RELAX!!! RELAX!!!"
    when discussing our difficulties conceiving and

    "Flying is the safest way of travel! You're more likely to die in the car on the way to the hospital than you are on the plane flight!"
    when I mention my severe phobia of flying.

    Those comments aren't helpful in the slighest and we get sick of hearing them over and over again like we're some kind of idiots.

    Sorry… AF reared her ugly head belatedly… :(

  3. Jendometriosis says:

    this is what the doctor told me yesterday right before my IUI. I said I was worried that I may have ovulated a day before the IUI because I got a +opk 4 hours before I did my trigger shot:

    "relax…some women go through IUI, IVF and fail then decide to adopt and WHAM they're pregnant…it's because the "relaxed"".

    Really? Do you have scientific evidence this? Also, are you telling me I still have more IUIs and IVF to fail??? wtf…

  4. A says:

    "Oh wait, you don't want to hard-boil anything inside of you." Hahahahahahaha!

    All of your posts are hilarious, but this one was perfect for a Friday afternoon!!

  5. Rachel says:

    Relax…Geesh, why didn't I think of that 3 emotionally disastrous years ago?

  6. Claire says:

    Alyssa- I'm getting ready for ivf too, acupuncture has actually helped me "relax" and sleep better. And my insurance covers it! Though they think its for migrains.

    I want to punch all of our friends who tell me to relax…did relaxing get them pregnant, no sex did.

  7. Quips & Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility says:

    Regarding adopting, relaxing, and then getting pregnant — that statement drives me nuts! It's actually not nearly as common as people say. According to the Encyclopedia of Adoption, it happens less than 10% of the time.

    In the same article (as that stat), it also says "adoption cannot erase infertility" — which is sad but true. Infertility isn't about RELAXING…thought maybe getting pregnant while going though IUI or IVF is about relaxing. Though, I did see some research showing that anxious or depressed women who are going through IVF get pregnant just as often as calm, happy women.

    Regarding forced relaxation boot camp……isn't that also known as a SPA??!! :-)


  8. Anonymous says:

    I had a really morbid thought today. At least we're not experiencing infertility during the Renaissance or Medieval eras. Or married to a king/etc. Yikes. To be beheaded for infertility. Even if it was for *male* infertility. My heart goes out to those fallen sisters!

  9. The Quest For Baby Hang says:

    I don't think anyone can really relax while going through Infertilty. Oh btw I follow you on Twitter and saw that you have a blog also. :)