- Commit to the process together
Tell your partner that you want to make all decisions as a couple. By researching your options and deciding whether to pursue IVF treatment together, you will make sure that every choice is mutual. Make an appointment at your fertility clinic to speak with a specialist together.
- Expect disagreements
When making decisions as a couple, you should expect conflict. This is especially true when discussing subjects as sensitive as infertility. Be patient and listen to your partner whenever they express a concern.
- Set your expectations
Moving through the process of fertility treatment and IVF is physically and emotionally taxing, so be sure to express what you expect from your partner before you begin. If you both know exactly how to support the other person from the start, you will be a much stronger unit going forward.
- Provide emotional support
Remember that treatment and conception is a two way street, so be sure to support your partner as much as they support you. Even if you are the one who is experiencing the infertility, your partner may be feeling similar frustrations. If you are not sure how to best support your partner, don't be afraid to ask.
- Know when to seek help
If talking through this difficult subject feels like too much to handle on your own, don't hesitate to contact a therapist or counselor for help. Your fertility center may be able to refer you to a trusted professional.
An infertility diagnosis forces a devastating change in perspective, completely transforming what you imagined for your future. While coping with your own emotions, you might be worried about talking to your partner about your situation. Follow these simple strategies to begin a conversation about infertility and fertility center treatment with your partner.
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