Talking to Your Partner About Infertility
Struggling to conceive can be a stressful time for many couples. When month after month passes without conceiving, it may be time to start a conversation about treatment for infertility. At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett takes a compassionate approach to helping couples through infertility to diagnose fertility issues and provide treatment options to give couples their greatest chances of conceiving. It may be a difficult conversation, but being open and honest in talking to your partner about infertility is an important step to making your dreams of having a baby a reality.
If you would like help talking to your partner about infertility, please contact our center in Lubbock, TX to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett. For the time being, here are some tips to help you begin the conversation about infertility.
Share Your Feelings
When beginning the discussion about infertility with your partner, it's often helpful to share and listen to each others' feelings or concerns. By understanding how each other feels, it may be easier to provide the support that each of you needs in overcoming infertility.
Be Respectful of Each Others' Feelings
Infertility and the journey through fertility treatments can be stressful for both parties. It is important to keep in mind that you are not the only one going through the roller coaster of emotions you may be feeling. Your partner may be feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or any other number of emotions. Being respectful of each others' feelings can help you both be mindful of how you treat and speak to each other.
Researching infertility causes and fertility treatments together can help alleviate feelings of guilt or anxiety that many feel when dealing with infertility. Researching together can help each partner open up about the treatment options they prefer and help couples come to a decision together.
Avoid Personal Attacks
The stress of infertility can sometimes cause couples to argue and try to point blame. Infertility in a relationship is not one person's problem, it is something that couples must face together. Avoid personal attacks by listening, speaking about specifics, and finding areas that you both agree on. When faced with a disagreement, be respectful of each other's feelings and opinions.
Seek Help When You Need It
If you are having difficulty talking about infertility with your partner, do not be afraid to seek help. Talking with a fertility specialist can help couples understand the facts behind infertility and provide them with options for moving forward. A couples' counselor can also help couples work through challenges in their relationship and provide them the tools to be better partners to one another.
Find out If Fertility Treatment Is Right for You
Talking to your partner about infertility is an important step to getting help. At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, our warm, compassionate staff are ready to help you and your partner through your journey to parenthood. For more information about infertility, or to find out if fertility treatments are right for you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett.