Before You Begin IVF TreatmentsThe weeks leading up to IVF can be full of anxiety and uncertainty. You have the opportunity to be a calming force for your partner.
- Eliminate Blame: Remind your partner that it is not their fault if they cannot get pregnant. Assure her that your relationship will still be strong, and your lives fulfilling, even without a child.
- Listen: If your partner is feeling anxious, she may want to process these emotions with you. Practice active listening and make your presence unconditional.
- Discuss Expectations: Open communication before you begin IVF.
This way, you can discuss what support you will need from each other once you start treatments.
During IVF TreatmentsThe IVF process can make your life revolve around fertility centers and hopes of conceiving. You can support your partner to change that.
- Have Fun: Date nights, weekend trips, and new activities can mean the world when all you can think about is getting pregnant. It will be healthy for both of you to get out of the house and do something you enjoy.
- Be A Friend: Listen to your partner, validate her feelings, and make her laugh. You know her better than anyone, so be the supportive and loving friend she needs at this time.
- Stay Flexible: Remember that life can be unpredictable during IVF. If your partner isn't feeling well, you might have to pick up some extra responsibilities or cancel plans. Both of you will need to keep the other's needs in perspective.
About 6.7 million women in the United States struggle with an impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to full term. Remember that you and your partner are not along in this struggle, and that fertility centers are here to help. With the right clinic on your side and the right support tools, you and your partner can get through IVF stronger than ever.