Category: Women’s Health

 

Surviving the RollerCoaster Ride of Infertility Treatments

Couples who have difficulty getting pregnant face an emotional ordeal. Many try to cope with it by keeping to themselves. But infertility impacts one in 7 million couples – about 1 in 8 couples in the US. If you feel like you’re struggling with despair in silence, you are not alone.

Emotions Swing from Hope to Heartache and Uncertainty

When you begin your relationship, you are full of joy and anticipation about building a family. But after years of trying and failing to have a baby, hope can give way to despair, doubt and heartbreak.

In addition to the personal loss, you may worry about how friends and family will react, if you tell them. You don’t want to invite probing questions, and you know you can’t deal with their upset when you’re feeling overwrought by emotion yourselves. Isolation is often the first line of defense. Couples then lose an important support system and disconnect from friends and family to protect their privacy.

The financial pressure you feel may be intense too, as fertility treatments … Come Read the Rest

Healthy Relationships Improve Women’s Physical Health

Why Secure Relationships Help Women’s Emotional Well-Being –

Women in relationships with a deep sense of connection and closeness heal faster, suffer fewer depressions, and express higher levels of happiness. That seems so intuitively obvious! But what do these secure relationships look like—and how can couples create them?

In a secure relationship, both partners are able to:

  • identify and accept their own emotional needs
  • recognize when they’re feeling disconnected or distant from each other
  • engage in intimate conversations about their needs and emotions. Both partners can reach for each other and trust that they will be met with care and sensitivity.

Unfortunately, many of us grew up in conflicted families. Maybe we didn’t feel safe and close growing up, and don’t know how to trust, lean in, and feel secure now. When we don’t feel secure, we often cope by using fight, flee or freeze responses. One partner pushes for connection and the other feels criticized, becomes defensive, and backs off—and thereby deeply frustrates the first partner, who longs to connect. In fact, both may … Come Read the Rest