Infertility can be emotionally and physically challenging- leading to depression and isolation. You may find it difficult to celebrate major events in the lives of your family and friends when struggling to create the life you’ve envisioned for yourself. As a result, women dealing with infertility might avoid their social circles and isolate themselves from those closest to them.
NO MORE QUESTIONS, PLEASE
Friends who don’t struggle with infertility may not understand, making it difficult to be around others. When people are uncomfortable, they can respond many ways. Rather than isolate yourself- An inquisitive friend can reduce your struggles to a list of questions. Being open and honest talking about infertility will help.
THE INFERTILITY EXPERT
A know-it-all friend may be one of the most challenging personalities to encounter. These well-meaning companions may offer solutions to infertility, throw out success rates or even appear to criticize efforts. Help educate these well meaning people and guide a discussion about infertility.
THE BABY SHOWER DILEMMA
When struggling with infertility, hearing that a friend is expecting can be a blow. It is often challenging to see someone else with a growing bump and shopping for onesies. Don’t avoid these otherwise happy occasions. If going to a baby shower is too much to bear, set up some one-on-one time instead.
KEEP YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE
Infertility does not define a person. Friends and family can provide a strong support network to navigate these challenges. Make time to connect with others and take a break from the stress of tests and fertility treatments. Continue to embrace life, family and fun.
If you are battling infertility and feel isolated from friends and family, contact our office for options.