Imagine you are walking down the street and you see someone pushing a stroller. You suddenly feel angry, wistful, or depressed. This is just one of the many ways infertility and sub-fertility can make a woman or man feel. If you’ve got a friend going through infertility (which can include frequent miscarriages or the inability to get pregnant) feelings like this can be a daily struggle, and couples who are experiencing infertility often go through extreme emotional ups and downs.
If you have a close friend or family member who is trying to conceive an struggling, there are some things you can know to be a better friend and even help them through their fertility journey towards pregnancy and parenthood. Moreover, supporting a friend or family member who is going through infertility can be difficult if you haven’t gone through it yourself. Here is a quick primer on infertility facts and what you can do to support a friend or family member who is going through infertility.
Infertility Facts You Should Know
Supporting Friends and Family
Knowing the basic facts about infertility can help you avoid some of the common mistakes people make when they’re trying to support friends or family members who are struggling with infertility or subfertility. When talking with your friend or family member, keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind.
Sometimes, supporting friends with infertility issues means listening, staying hopeful, and not making judgements. Remember that fertility support and infertility treatments have progressed significantly over the years and only 1%-2% of couples who are trying to get pregnant end up being unable to conceive a baby. That means that chances are, your friend will end up getting pregnant eventually. Showing support and love during this stressful time will be much appreciated in the years ahead!
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