BONUS 254: Coping with a Canceled Cycle

April 10, 2020

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Julie Bindeman, a reproductive psychologist at Integrative Therapy of Greater Washington.

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Dr. Bindeman and Heather discuss ways to cope when your fertility treatment has been put on hold indefinitely or your cycle has been canceled:

INTRODUCTION

  • 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?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to women whose fertility treatments have been put on hold?

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