The next question often is, "Okay, doctor, my IVF cycle has failed. What do I do next? Should I consider using donor eggs, should I adopt , or should I just let it be? I understand that the odds are stacked against me if I try with my own eggs, but it's very hard for me to come to terms with the fact that I may need to use donor eggs."
My answer to this question is - the right solution cannot come from me - it has to come from you. However, it cannot come from your head, it has to come from your heart and gut. One of the problems with people who are intelligent is that while their brain works extremely well, they often don't have the ability to listen to their heart and interpret its signals . They tend to switch off their intuition, because they're so focussed on listening to what their brain has to say. They try to extract information from the intellect , and don't take advantage of all the clues which their body is providing them with.
This is why tools like meditation are so important. Mindfulness creates self-awareness, and allows us to listen to the answers which are bottled up inside us. It's not a question of being spiritual - it's just acknowledging the reality that the right answer is different for every person, and the answer is locked up inside you.
You cannot find the right answer from an external source, and while a doctor may have lots of medical expertise, he cannot provide you with bottled solutions. One size does not fit all, and you need to learn to respect your gut to find your own pat.
The problem is that it takes time for these answers to well up from within; and it takes time for you to listen to these answers, especially when this is something which you are not used to doing. But you can't hurry this up ! It's not like saying, "Okay, I have to study for an exam and then I'm going to pull an all-nighter and cram in all this information." While your brain is capable of working overtime, your heart has its own pace, and you can not make it run any faster. The head works much faster , as a result of which the heart is often left behind, but there is much more personal authenticity in the messages the heart provides - you just need to still your head to be able to listen to these.
The heart takes longer to provide its messages , and we need to respect this. Both answers are equally valid, and they both carry a lot of wisdom. The language of the heart can be hard to understand, especially when you are hurting on the inside ! When you are looking for solutions, you want the doctor to tell you what to do , because it's very hard to make some of these decisions when you're crying. But there is no shortcut for this. Patients need to learn these skills and become emotionally resilient and find the inner strength to carry on within themselves.
The good news is that the brain of intelligent people can learn the capacity to listen to their heart. This is one of those one of those lifeskills that you need to master , because your life is going to be full of ups and downs. The reality is that this crisis in your life - this failed IVF cycle - will also pass, and if you allow your brain to listen to your heart, you will emerge from this crisis even stronger , and even more capable of dealing with whatever problems life will throw your way.
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