How can I support a friend going through infertility treatment?
How can I help?
If you’re reading this page, it may be because a good friend has concerns about her hopes of becoming pregnant. Undergoing fertility treatment is often a private subject and one not everyone is comfortable discussing. Which may add to your dilemma about how to 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|
How is she feeling
It can be difficult to appreciate just how trying conception difficulties are unless you’ve been through it yourself. Everyone’s reaction is different. But one thing is sure. Infertility can alter nearly every aspect of a person’s life: their self-esteem, their dreams for the future and their relationships with others. Few situations in life are as challenging and overwhelming.