How can I support a friend going through infertility treatment?
How can I help?
If you’re reading this page, it’s probably because you have an inkling that a good friend has concerns about her chances of parenthood. She may not have said so directly. It may have been a casual remark that she made or some small change in her behaviour that made you stop and think. It might even seem like she’s avoiding you.
Deciding to seek fertility treatment can feel a big deal – an admission that something’s not quite right. It’s a private subject which not everyone is comfortable discussing. This may add to your dilemma about how you can offer her support.
Because it’s such a personal matter, many couples choose not to share their experiences openly with friends or family. As a result they may inadvertently isolate themselves. For a friend standing by, wanting to help, it can be a frustrating experience.
|Problems with fertility are widespread. About one in ten couples experience difficulties conceiving.1 But there is cause for optimism. With modern treatments most couples eventually succeed.2|