National Infertility Awareness Week begins today – please consider sharing our posts with your community. You are not alone!

Infertility Fact:
Women experiencing infertility have emotional stress and depression levels equivalent to cancer and cardiac rehabilitation patients (Journal of Pyschosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1993).

Infertility Awareness:
Infertility impacts so many aspects of life: finances, physical health, sexual intimacy, diet, relationships, schedules, emotions, faith, self-image, stress levels, prayer, and psychological health. Couples struggling with infertility may feel isolated since their experiences are so different from others’ and may be difficult for others to relate to.

There is no denying that it can be difficult to know how to support a friend going through infertility. Start by telling your friend that you love them and intentionally listening to them, but remain cautious about advice unless they specifically ask for it. Instead of urging them to pray more, ask if you can pray with or for them. Don’t assume that your friend experiencing infertility is ungrateful for the blessings they do have. If you have children of your own, don’t assume that your friend thinks that raising children is “a breeze”, but trust that he or she knows that parenthood comes with its own set of difficult challenges and burdens. Invite the friend to share with you what they need in order to feel supported. If they do not share a need with you, you could invite them over for a meal that meets their specific dietary needs, offer to help with an errand or to attend a difficult appointment with them, or simply give them a hug.