Infertility affects the body and the mind, but it’s easy to get so wrapped up in making physical changes that caring for your emotional wellbeing gets put on the backburner. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, Dr. Tiffany Edwards, Ph.D., M.P.H. joined the Time to Talk Fertility Podcast to share coping techniques that help you find peace of mind on your fertility journey.
The Time to Talk Fertility Podcast: Coping with Infertility episode discusses questions such as:
- How does infertility affect mental health?
- How common is experiencing emotional distress when someone is dealing with infertility?
- Does infertility affect the emotional wellbeing of men and women equally?
- What is mindfulness?
- Are there mindfulness exercises that you recommend?
- What steps can patients take to stay engaged in the activities they love if they’re feeling overwhelmed?
- Why is it important to have a strong support system when dealing with infertility?
- How does one build a strong support system?
- What support groups does Fertility Centers of Illinois offer?
- What can someone expect at these support groups?
- • Are Fertility Centers of Illinois support groups only open to patients?
- Can someone schedule a one-on-one appointment with you or other behavioral health specialists at Fertility Centers of Illinois?
- Is there anything you would like to add?
Dr. Tiffany Edwards is a licensed clinical psychologist and patient educator specializing in counseling couples and individuals during treatment as well as egg donors and surrogates for those pursuing third party reproduction. In her career, she has worked with patients to address a variety of psychological and health-related issues such as anxiety, depression, cancer survivorship, women’s health issues, stress management, and more.