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No matter how you slice it, infertility is stressful, and emotions run high. One of the most stressful parts is deciding among family and friends who you can talk to about your infertility diagnosis, your fertility treatments and all the decisions that must be made along the way.
For example, can you tell your best friend from high school who already has three kids that you have decided to use an egg donor? Or your sister who can't afford a new car that you are getting ready to spend thousands of dollars on IVF?
Talk to your partner and make a plan about who you want to tell and when. Make sure you're on the same page so you are sharing the same information with the same people, and develop a signal for when you feel uncomfortable in a situation and need to extract yourself. You will find out quickly who among your friends and family offers unconditional support, who offers unsolicited advice, and who you just don't want to talk to about infertility at all.
In her latest blog, Traci Shahan writes: With Infertility, You Find Out Who Your Real Friends Are.