Condolences and encouragement can go a long way in supporting your loved ones through fertility treatments. The words “I’m here if you need to talk” or “Is there anything I can do to help?” can make all the difference by showing support and providing comfort during an emotionally challenging time. Every woman’s IVF journey is different, but having a loving support system can have a positive impact.
Supporting Your Loved Ones During IVF
If a friend or family member has confided in you about going through in vitro fertilization, it can be hard to know what to say or do. That’s why Carolinas Fertility Institute has put together some ways to support someone through their IVF journey.
1. Gain An Understanding Of Their Journey
There is no easy way to understand another’s IVF journey. Each woman has their own experience that is unique to them. However, one of the best ways you can show your support is to gain a general understanding of what IVF is and what the fertility journey looks like. In short, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is a form of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that helps sperm fertilize an egg, which is then implanted into a woman’s uterus. The IVF journey is complex, has many steps, and is not guaranteed to result in pregnancy. To learn more about the IVF process, check out our step-by-step guide: https://carolinasfertilityinstitute.com/how-does-ivf-work/
2. Remember Important Dates
Just as you would remember important pregnancy dates of your loved ones, it’s also important to remember milestones in your loved ones’ IVF journey. Having extra encouragement on important days, such as her transfer day or an appointment, can give her an extra bout of motivation and strength. A simple phone call, handwritten note, or small, thoughtful gift will always do the trick.
3. Ask If There’s Anything You Can Do To Help
Everyone can use a little help here and there. Those moving through their IVF journey are no
exception. Ask if there are any chores or errands that you can take off her plate. Offer to cook dinner or to bring over takeout one night. The less stress a woman going through IVF is under, the better. Although some may resist the idea of receiving help, ensure to her that you are happy to lend a helping hand during this difficult time.
4. Respect Her Privacy
The IVF journey can be mentally taxing, meaning talking about it constantly can take a toll on one’s mental health. Remind her that you are always there to talk about any of her concerns, but you respect her privacy and will be there when she is ready. Each woman is different, but making yourself available when she needs you goes a long way.
5. Be A Distraction
The fertility journey has a way of taking up copious amounts of your time, whether it is mental or physical. One of the best ways you can support someone going through IVF is to be a distraction. A great way to do this is to set up some sort of activity, such as getting a massage or a movie night.
We know infertility can be a very sensitive subject. If a loved one close to you is going through IVF, you can let them know that you are there for them by checking in on them and encouraging them every step of the way. At Carolinas Fertility Institute, we are dedicated to helping you build your family with personalized care and attention. We provide the latest and most technologically advanced treatment options for fertility. If you are struggling to get pregnant, we can work with you to devise a personalized treatment plan. Call us at (336) 448-9100 to make an appointment in the Triad or (844) 686-2233 for our Charlotte office.