Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Julie Bindeman, a reproductive psychologist at Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington.
Dr. Bindeman and Heather discuss ways to cope when your fertility treatment has been put on hold indefinitely or your cycle has been canceled:
- I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
- Why did you choose a career in therapy for individuals with reproductive issues?
- Take us through your career.
COPING WITH CANCELED CYCLES
- In general, what are your tips for infertility warriors about coping with stressful situations?
- In general, how can listeners identify and deal with aspects of their infertility journeys that they cannot control?
- In general, how can listeners identify and take advantage of aspects of their infertility journeys that they can control?
- How can listeners put this news in perspective?
- How can listeners balance being informed about the pandemic while not increasing their stress and anxiety over it?
- How can listeners take this time to make themselves as healthy as possible?
- What advice do you have for listeners whose cycles have been canceled by their clinic, but they know other clinics are continuing business as usual?
- What advice do you have for women of advanced reproductive age specifically (because time matters more than ever)?
- How can listeners communicate with their clinics and stay informed about their policies during this time?
- What other questions should listeners be asking their clinics?
- How might telehealth play a positive role right now? Should listeners check with their insurance companies about their telehealth coverage?
- For listeners who are suddenly working from home, what tips do you have for coping with the change in their situation, as well as being so isolated?
- Is there anything else you’d like to add?
- What words of hope would you offer to women whose fertility treatments have been put on hold?