5 Fertility Support Tips for the Holidays & Beyond
The holidays are particularly tough for individuals struggling with infertility. Whether it’s dealing with uncomfortable questions from well-meaning relatives or being surrounded by children, the holidays can be an emotional minefield for those struggling with infertility. For those who have loved ones struggling with infertility, it can be difficult to find the right things to say or do. But there are many things you can do to support them during this difficult time.
Here, the fertility experts at CRM in Orlando, Florida suggest five things you can do to provide fertility support to loved ones throughout the holidays and beyond. Whether you only do one thing or all five, you’ll feel the glow that comes from giving and knowing you’ve made someone’s life just a little bit easier.
Do Your Research
If you haven’t gone through an infertility journey yourself, there are likely a lot of things you don’t know or don’t fully understand. One of the best things you can do to help support your infertile loved ones is to educate yourself about infertility. Organizations like RESOLVE provide information about what infertility is, who it impacts, and what many experience during their infertility journey. Try to take some time to learn more about these subjects so you can better provide the support your friend or family member needs.
Create a Supportive Environment
One of the most common problems individuals coping with infertility come up against are the well-meaning but insensitive comments people make about having children. Comments like “What are you waiting for? You’re not getting any younger” are particularly common around the holidays when family and friends gather together to catch up with some quality time. Those asking these questions may mean well, but these types of comments can be quite painful for the person on the receiving end to hear.
So, what can you do? The fertility experts of CRM Orlando’s fertility center suggest you jump right in! If you overhear something that is making a loved one uncomfortable, feel free to intervene by steering the conversation in a new direction, pulling the commenter away, or simply let them know how insensitive their comments are. Your friend has every right to keep their reproductive plans to themselves.
Sometimes one of the best things you can do for a friend going through infertility is to just be there. Some days, they may want to vent about their infertility struggles, but others they might just want a distraction. Just be present and be there as someone to just listen, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to binge watch her latest Netflix obsession with, offering your comforting and non-judgmental presence. Not sure what they need? Just ask. Let them tell you whether they need and follow their lead.
Undergoing fertility treatment can be exhausting, and sometimes the best thing you can do is to offer your help. Whether it’s going to appointments with them or offering to watch their other child while they have their retrieval, offering a helping hand can help relieve some of the stress their feeling during their fertility journey.
While holidays are considered the happiest time of the year for some, they can often a trying time for those struggling with infertility. If you or someone you know has been trying to conceive without success, call the fertility experts at CMR Orlando at 407-740-0909 to speak with one of our team members and get started on the path to parenthood.