If you plan on going to work while trying out an IVF cycle, here are some ways to help get through the day.
Decide If You’ll Need Any Time OffEven if you plan on working throughout your treatment, it’s okay to take some time off here and there. Sit down with your boss and your human resources team to talk about your options. Explain as much of the situation as you feel comfortable sharing. Together, you can come up with a general idea of how much time you might end up taking off. You don’t have to take all of that time off, but it’s good to have it on the back burner as an option.
Come Up With a PlanBefore even sitting down with your boss and HR department, you should come up with a personal plan. If you have to come in late some days because your appointment ran late, would you be willing to stay later to make up the hours? Do you think it would be beneficial to do some work from home? Can you get someone to cover your shifts for you? These are all things you need to think about. If they seem like a good idea, be prepared to present them to your boss. Having a plan ahead of time will make the discussion with your boss a lot easier.
Figure Out How Much You Want to ShareSince this is a very personal health matter, your bosses aren’t legally allowed to pry into your life. They also are not allowed to share private details with your coworkers. And while many people are comfortable talking about fertility treatments, you can keep everything private if you prefer. Unless you’re looking for medical time off, you don't need to inform your employer about everything that is going on. You can take days off here and there if need be. So long as you comply with company policies, your boss can’t penalize you for doing so.
Did you know that one in eight couples, or 12% of married women, have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy? Since having a baby isn't easy for many people, some will turn to IVF. If you plan on giving IVF a shot but don't know how to handle work on top of it, there are ways to do so. Talk with your boss, create a plan, and don't let it stress you out.