There seems to be a certain stigma when it comes to the subject of infertility. Most people suffering with fertility issues suffer in silence, afraid to discuss it with anyone for fears of judgment or pity.
How to discuss infertility
The first step in disclosing infertility to friends and family is to first make sure that your partner is also ready to go public with such personal information. You may be ready but it may still be too much for them to deal with. Do you really need to tell anyone? Is it really any of their business?
Well, if you have been asked “why don’t you have kids yet” or, “when do you two plan to start a family” and you are tired of hearing it, then maybe it is time to explain in order to stop the inquisition.
Then you have to decide just how much information you wish to share with them. Do you just say that you have been having problems starting a family although you would really like to? Or do you disclose every detail of the issue such as low sperm count or that you have blocked fallopian tubes or have ovulation problems?
Be prepared for insensitive responses
Whatever the case may be, you and your partner should discuss whether you wish to reveal this personal information at all, and if so, how much information about the issue do you wish to share?
Whatever you decide, just be prepared for the possibility of inappropriate responses. They won’t be intentional, but people tend to say thoughtless things even when they mean well.
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