It’s that time of the year again, when you can’t walk into a store without tripping over a seasonal display or turn on a radio station without hearing some holiday tunes. But while it seems like everyone else may be in the holiday spirit, you’re just not feeling the cheer this year.
The holiday season can be tough on couples who are struggling with infertility or are currently receiving fertility treatments, largely because of its focus on family, which can then expand to children, babies and pregnancy. One of the most common holiday stressors for a person or couple with infertility is the fact that they are surrounded by children at the holidays, albeit their beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins, it doesn't fill the void like a child of their own would.
“Holidays are based on family, and it’s almost impossible to avoid that,” says Dr. John Rinehart, a reproductive endocrinologist and founding partner of the Reproductive Medicine Institute in Chicago. “There are toy ads on TV, parties with a bunch of children running around. And if you’re the one who’s trying to have a child, but there are problems, that can be hard.”