The pressure to raise a family can be enormous, and the thought of not being able to have children can make many people feel something is wrong with them.
A fertility problem may be one of the most difficult challenges you’ll ever face. Acknowledging this is a key to coping.
1) Recognize that a fertility problem is a crisis
2) Identify and share your feelings
3) Don’t blame yourself
4) Work with your partner as a team
5) Educate yourself
6) Set a limit on how long you’re willing to try
7) Decide how much you’re willing to pay
8) Get support from professionals and other people with fertility problems
9) Help others help you
10) Just say no to baby-focused activities
11) Balance optimism and realism
12) Take care of yourself by pursuing other interests
Find out as much as you can about your fertility issue. Ask your doctor questions and talk to other people in your situation.
Being treated for a fertility problem can feel like a full- or at least part-time job, so it’s important to keep up with some of the activities or hobbies that you enjoy.
And remember, laughter really is the best medicine. See a funny movie, head out to a comedy club, or reread your favorite funny novel.
Be easy on yourself!