The holidays can be a wonderful time of the year, but for couples facing infertility this time of year can be difficult. Holiday movies and commercials are full of images of families and children, and the family holiday celebrations can create more stress.
Planning ahead can help make this stressful time a little easier.
- I encourage women to consider if this time of year will be difficult for receiving treatment and taking time off of work.
- It is okay to be selective when you choose which parties to attend and which ones might be easier to avoid. Don’t feel guilty about saying no. This may be a challenging time, and you need to do what feels right for you.
- Unfortunately, with all of the holiday social gatherings, you might be asked some awkward questions. It helps to have some answers prepared. If someone asks, “When are you going to have kids?” possible responses include, “When we have news to share, we’ll let you know.” or “This is a really sensitive subject for me so I would rather not go into details right now.” If they don’t respect your right to privacy, steer the conversation to another topic.
Give yourself permission to feel what you are feeling. Whether the emotion is sad, mad, etc., these are your feelings and you’re entitled to them.
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Coping With Infertility During the Holidays
December 10, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
University of Michigan Center for Reproductive Medicine
Briarwood Building #1, 475 Market Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Free and open to the community!
For more information, contact the University of Michigan Center for Reproductive Medicine by phone: 734-763-4323.
Lindsey Brennan, MSW, is a Clinical Social Worker at the U-M Center for Reproductive Medicine. our patients. Lindsay is available to provide counseling to our individuals and couples for a variety of fertility and reproductive issues. Lindsay often works with patients to discuss relaxation techniques, sexual health concerns and emotions such as anger, sadness, isolation or fear and grief/ loss issues.
University of Michigan Center for Reproductive Medicine brings the expertise of infertility specialists and research scientists together to help each of our clients have access to the latest fertility therapies and technologies available through one convenient center. We offer a full spectrum of assisted reproductive technology options, including IVF, fertility preservation, Intrauterine insemination, donor insemination, and pre-implantation genetics diagnosis.