While a diagnosis of infertility can be a challenging and isolating experience, having support from family and friends can provide you with much-needed strength through the process. Below are some ways to help you talk about infertility with others.
Talk with your partner. Talk with your partner about what you’re comfortable sharing with others. Maybe you’re not comfortable sharing the intimate details of your medical diagnosis with everyone. Maybe you won’t want to share your specific treatment protocol or timeline. Respecting these boundaries will help you manage your conversations with others.
Educate others. In facing infertility, treatment details might become second nature for you. However, for those on the outside of infertility, the process can seem mysterious and the terminology confusing. Teach others about the ins and outs of your treatment. It can help them understand what you’re going through. In turn, they’ll be better able to support you through the ups and downs.
Build a network. By educating others, you can help build a support network of friends and family. This can get you through the tough times and also help you celebrate the victories. Let them know how they can support you. They may not completely understand your experience, but they have struggled in life, too. That’s often enough for them to offer you their empathy and support.
Establish boundaries to protect yourselves. As you undergo fertility treatment, you may decide you don’t want to share the intimate details about your treatment until you know the outcome. Let people know your boundaries upfront so they can respect your wishes.
Release the stigma of infertility. By sharing your journey, you get extra help, you feel less alone, and you can help to dispel the stigma surrounding the diagnosis of infertility.
Ultimately, sharing your story with friends or family will help ensure you receive the support you need to get through this strenuous time in your life, and may even help you feel empowered.