The holiday season can be a stressful time of year for everyone. Many people with infertility find it to be especially difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are our tips for finding infertility support during the holidays to ensure you make the most of the season.
Finding Infertility Support during the Holidays Tip #1: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
The holidays are all about merriment, so take the time to do whatever activities put you in the merriest of moods. Prepare your favourite meal and even “indulge in a delicious glass of wine because next year you will be off the bottle,” says Amanda Segal, International Patient Liaison. Pamper yourself with a massage and make sure you’re getting enough rest.
Finding Infertility Support during the Holidays Tip #2: Plan Your Getaway Car
Create a game plan to strategise your holiday activities. Be strategic about which parties you attend and think about which potential guests might make you feel uncomfortable. Try to have an “escape plan” by working out a signal to your partner or a friend that lets them know you’re ready to leave the gathering. Most importantly, take your own car so you can leave when you want!
Finding Infertility Support during the Holidays Tip #3: Honesty is the Best Policy
The holidays mean food, family, and of course the dreaded question “when are you going to have a baby” or “when are you going to have another baby?” The best way to deal with these questions is to be honest. One Shady Grove Fertility patient said, “I’ve chosen to be honest and quick with our reply because I want to raise infertility awareness, that life isn’t all roses and for them to be cognizant and compassionate the next time they ask someone else.” Another patient said, “Let them know where you are in your process to add an additional layer of support for your family.”
Finding Infertility Support during the Holidays Tip #4: We All Need Somebody to Lean On
Find a community of people who are also coping with infertility during the holidays or have in the past. A like minded community can ease the feelings of stress or isolation. “You can also speak to a professional who understands the unique nature of your sadness,” said Ellen Eule, LCSW-C, Shady Grove Fertility Psychological Support Team.
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To learn more about the Shady Grove Fertility’s International Egg Donation Programme or for tips on finding infertility support during the holidays, please reach us by phone at 0208 003 0827 or email Amanda Segal, International Patient Liaison, at [email protected].