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5 Fertility Support Tips for the Holidays & Beyond

December 28, 2017
By REACH Fertility

The holidays are particularly tough for individuals struggling with infertility. Whether it’s dealing with uncomfortable questions from well-meaning relatives or being surrounded by children, the holidays can be an emotional minefield for those struggling with infertility. If one of your loved ones is struggling with infertility, chances are they’ve found ways to cope with feelings of sadness this time of year, but there are many things you can do to support them during this difficult time.

The fertility experts of REACH in Charlotte, North Carolina suggest five things you can do to provide fertility support throughout the holidays and beyond. Depending on your situation, you may want to choose one or tackle all five. No matter what you do, you’ll feel the glow that comes from giving and knowing you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.

Support Can Make a Difference

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to serving and supporting anyone who finds themselves challenged as they strive to build their family. This is an amazing resource for those struggling with infertility, providing couples and individuals with the resources they need to cope with their diagnosis. Whether it’s through a financial donation to further their support, education, and advocacy programs in local communities like Charlotte, or becoming a volunteer, there are a number of meaningful ways you can make a difference. Visit RESOLVE.org to see how you can become a member of their fertility support movement.

Encouraging a Supportive Environment

One of the most common problems individuals coping with infertility come up against are the well-meaning but insensitive comments  people make about having children. “Just relax, it’ll happen” and “What are you waiting for? You’re not getting any younger” are a couple that consistently rear their ugly heads. Those giving this unsolicited advice mean well, but these types of comments can be quite painful for the person on the receiving end to hear.

So, what can you do? The fertility experts of REACH suggest you jump right in! If you overhear something that makes a loved one uncomfortable, feel free to intervene by steering the conversation in a new direction, pulling the commenter away, or simply let them know how insensitive their comments are. Your friend has every right to keep her reproductive plans to herself.

Be There

Sometimes one of the best things you can do for a friend going through infertility is to just be there. Whether she wants someone to just listen, a shoulder to cry on, or someone to join her to binge watch her latest Netflix obsession, your comforting and non-judgmental presence can do a world of good.  Plan excursions to take her mind off of things and let her you’re there for her no matter what.

The Season of Giving

For many women, their path to parenthood will involve egg donation. If you’re willing and able, egg donation is one of the greatest and most generous gifts you can give to patients struggling with infertility. By donating your eggs, you are providing someone with the opportunity to become a parent. These recipients are truly grateful, and will feel the impact of your gift for the rest of their lives. Providing someone with the chance to become a parent is an amazingly rewarding feeling and exceptional way to provide fertility support to those in need.   

While a joyous season for many, the holidays are often a trying time for those struggling with infertility. If you’d like more fertility support ideas, call REACH at 888-551-0874 to speak with one of our team members.