Don't Ask, "When Are You Having Kids?"
With upwards of 6.7 million women ages 15 to 44 trying and failing to carry a baby to term, this question can get awkward. Keep in mind that there is a possibility that the reason couples are holding off isn't for lack of trying or desire -- but an inability to conceive. Avoid the sheer awkwardness that can follow by skipping the question altogether.
Don't Suggest Adoption
Adoption isn't always the answer. Some couples, for whatever reason, prefer to have biological children. Others cannot afford the expensive process of adoption -- a process that can cost anywhere between $40,000 and $100,000. Adopting from foster care can be much less expensive, but the process can take even longer and there is rarely a guarantee that foster children will go up for adoption.
Only Offer Solicited Advice
Fertility clinics and infertility treatments, such as the artificial insemination process and IVF treatments, can be immensely valuable -- but it's not really your place to say so unless you're explicitly asked. If friends or family ask for details about your experiences with the artificial insemination process -- by all means, share. Otherwise, it is safest not to volunteer the information. There is no way to tell what couples have and haven't already tried.
Infertility is a serious issue -- one that affects millions. This month and for the foreseeable future, tread carefully and watch what you say, especially when it comes to sensitive issues, like fertility.