A few months ago, we published a blog post “Opening Up About Infertility” to encourage and support those suffering from infertility on talking with their friends and families. We realized this was a very important topic. The post has received hundreds of visits since it was posted.
We wrote a follow-up post to continue the dialogue around infertility and add new information.
If you have a story about your journey with infertility and would like to share, you can contact us through our Share Your Story page.
Find The Support You Need
During and after your infertility journey, you need support and encouragement. Many patients find this through their partners, families, and friends. There are many Facebook Groups that are specifically created for men and women to support each other with infertility.
Tell your partner what you need from them. This goes for men and women. If you need time alone, tell them. If you need patience from them, let them know that. Infertility is a journey and the more you communicate with your partner exactly what you need during this time, the better they’ll be able to help you.
No matter if your family is big or small, close or far, they’ll want to help you through your journey. Similar with your partner, the more you communicate about what you need from them, the better. Do you want space? Do you want them to check-in? Let them know.
Friends can mean people you’ve had in your life for a long time or people you just met in a Facebook support group. Your friends will share as much information about infertility as they can and they’ll be willing to listen to you for hours on end. Value your friends and help them when they need support.
Talk to Mom
Sometimes talking to mom about infertility can be scary. You worry you’re letting her down or you think she’ll be upset. Sadly, if you’re struggling with infertility that’s a chance she did too. There is a 10-fold increase in the likelihood of endometriosis if your mom had it. Talk to your mom today about her health.
Ask her to go on a walk, or meet somewhere for coffee. If your mom is far away, call or FaceTime her. Just start the conversation, “This is a difficult conversation, but I need to talk to you about something…”
We’re Here For You
The entire staff at The Kaldas Center is here to support you. We’re here to listen and heal. So many patients have come to us after long journeys with infertility. They have experienced such sadness and heartbreak that we can’t even imagine. We are here for you.