Can anxiety stop you getting pregnant? How infertility affects relationships; And could miscarriage time off become a thing? - *A Mental and Emotional Health Special Edition*

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Here’s what we’re covering in today’s *Mental & Emotional Health* special newsletter:

Today’s Mental & Emotional Health Special Issue is devoted to a vital and under-explored topic in reproductive health, which is one of the pillars of the ELANZA Whole Patient Care Pledge. [Are you a clinician? Sign the pledge here today].

  • Can anxiety stop you getting pregnant?

  • How infertility affects relationships

  • What it’s like to be a surrogate

  • Could miscarriage leave become a thing?

  • How you can contribute to change

The state of patient care in fertility: As part of our Whole Patient Care Initiative, over the following weeks ELANZA will be tackling five key topics in fertility services with reports on: mental and emotional health; the state of access and inclusion; the role of lifestyle counselling; what services patients want; and the potential of technology to change things for the better in future. Read the first in the series, around support.

This issue is dedicated to all those who have faced struggles with fertility, physically and psychologically.

From The Experts

  • Can anxiety really stop you getting pregnant? Natalie Gil / Stylist

  • Uncovering the trauma pregnant black women experience in the U.S. Dr. Jameta Nicola Barlow / Heathline

  • Egg freezing is the fastest growing fertility treatment in the UK but are clinics providing patient-centred care? What do women really want? Dr Catherine Hill / Progress Educational Trust

  • How infertility impacts relationships. Jennifer Litner / Healthline

  • How to deal with the emotional impact of infertility. Charlie Bloom / Nest

From The Patients

  • “As a trans dad, I took pregnancy in my stride – but my mental health deteriorated after the birth of my child.” Jacob Bouyer / Metro

  • “What it’s like to be a surrogate.” Thea de Gallier / BBC

  • “With fertility there are no guarantees, at times that was an unbearably painful lesson.” Lynn Enright / Image

  • Chinese influencer Feiping Chang shares her thoughts on her long and painful IVF journey. Tara Sobti / Hong Kong Tatler

  • The mental impact of IVF. Jenna Farmer / Happiful

Science & Ethics

  • In Ireland, a new law could introduce reproductive leave for women who have had miscarriages. Jade Hayden / HER

  • Women are still branded ‘hysterical’ because of chronic illnesses like endometriosis, which are under-researched and under-funded. Sarah Graham / i

  • Where has the quest for conception taken us? Lessons from anthropology and sociology. Marcia Inhorn / Yale

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Join us to hear from Dr. Angela Le, DACM, MSTOM, LAc., a leading integrative reproductive health expert, acupuncturist and founder of Fifth Avenue Fertility Wellness in New York City about key lifestyle areas that impact fertility.


Thought for the day

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

- Henry David Thoreau

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