We know that women experience anxiety more than men, but it makes life even more difficult if you are also struggling with fertility problems. You may already have had worries or anxieties and on top of these you are now dealing with another thing to worry and be anxious about. Dealing with fertility problems can be incredibly challenging. Everyone has their advice and thoughts to offer you, you can feel the pressure of your family wondering when you will be pregnant, and you think about everything you do and put into your body. Planning for the future is near impossible and your life can revolve around doctors appointments and tests. This can be a time of great worry and anxiety.

If you would like to know more about worry and anxiety at this time in your life you have come to the right place. Explore the following pages to learn more about anxiety and worry, think about how anxiety affects you and find ways to help with those anxious thoughts and feelings. Below are the definitions for worry, anxiety and anxiety disorders. See if one sounds more like you. If you are unsure if you have anxiety or worry, go to our self-assessment pages to explore your thoughts and feelings further.

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Dr Mandy Deeks, Psychologist and Dr Karin Hammarberg, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Jean Hailes Research Unit have a conversation about anxiety and women who are having difficulties with their fertility.

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Worry is when you feel a sense of unease about things. Your thoughts spin around and you feel a bit weighed down with too many questions and not enough answers.

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Anxiety is when you fear the future may not be as you hoped. You are nervous about what is happening to you and you can't help yourself from always going for the worst case scenario.

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Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorder is when you feel completely overwhelmed by fears and a sense of doom and confusion. You worry constantly about things to the point it affects your day-to-day life.

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Created on 18/08/2013 | Updated on 24/10/2017
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