Becoming a parent, while easy for others, might be more difficult for some. You might not know exactly what to say to a friend or a loved one who is going through infertility issues and that’s what this blog is here for.
Here are some helpful tips on how you can cheer someone up who’s having infertility problems:
Take the issue seriously.
Infertility can be an uncomfortable topic amongst family and friends so people try to minimize the problem when talking about it. They do not need to hear advices such as, “Just relax”, “It will all be okay”, and “We know how you feel”. Some women who are going through infertility issues might be blaming themselves, thinking that they somehow created the situation. However, keep in mind that infertility affects BOTH men and women equally.
Do not complain about your own pregnancy.
The sight of a blossoming belly can be painful for a woman who is having a difficult time conceiving. You can make it easier for her by not complaining about your own pregnancy. It is important to understand that women who are having infertility issues do not need to feel the need to comfort you. If she asks you about your pregnancy, tell her the truth but make sure not to treat her like a sounding board for your pregnancy rants.
Back her up.
Getting in the middle of your friend’s fertility treatment is never a good decision. Keep in mind that the medical protocol for infertility is between the doctor and the patient. However, infertility treatments can be stressful for some women. This is the perfect time to stand by your friends or loved ones and provide as much emotional support as you can. By doing so, you are letting them know that you care and that you are there for them should they need someone to turn to.
Be more understanding.
Sometimes, just the mere thought of having someone to talk to and who will listen to them makes a big difference for women undergoing infertility issues. While it is difficult to keep your distance when things become difficult, you do not want to be left alone if the situation were reversed. When you have a friend or a loved one who is going through infertility, continue being in their lives.
If you or someone you know is going through infertility problems, set up an appointment with Dr. Fay Weisberg. She will help you all throughout the process.