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Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.
- John Allen Paulos
Life is filled with uncertainty – you never know how tomorrow is going to unfold. This can be painful for those who are struggling to to conceive, as it clashes deep desire with questions that are unanswerable. The answer to "will this be the month?" comes down to a roll of the dice.
Everyone reacts differently to uncertainty. Some people have a particular aversion, which is often referred to as an "intolerance of uncertainty". An intolerance of uncertainty leads to "what if" questions, which in turn can lead to a cycle of worry and rumination.
In general, there are two ways to deal with uncertainty:
Unfortunately, some degree of uncertainty is unavoidable for those struggling with conception, so Option #1 isn't a viable solution. Therefore, we are left with Option #2: learning to accept and live with uncertainty in your life.
Here are some suggestions for coping with uncertainty:
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