Undergoing fertility treatment can be stressful. You’re committing your time and finances to something you really want — building your family — but you may not be sure how things will turn out.
On the bright side, fertility treatments are more successful than ever before. In fact, our IVF success rates are as high as 50%, and our frozen embryo transfer success rates are as high as 63%. If you have struggled with infertility, your chances of conceiving can increase dramatically when you work with an established, leading fertility clinic like Fertility Solutions.
Even though you and your partner are united in your goal of having a baby, fertility treatment can feel divisive. That means you should take a little extra time and care to nurture your relationship and support each other during this tender time.
Be honest about what you’re going through
Men and women experience fertility treatment differently. In fact, people in general deal with stress uniquely. Whether you’re heterosexual or LGBT and in a relationship that’s feeling the strain of infertility, it’s important to enlighten each other about your individual experiences.
One of the most important aspects of providing support during fertility treatment is opening a line of communication. Speak candidly about what’s happening to your bodies, your feelings, your finances, and your ideals. Try to be there for each other in person — rather than just via text messages, phone calls, or social media — so that you can see each other’s expressions and physically embrace as desired.
Be the couple you love to be, despite fertility treatment
Fertility treatments can sometimes sideline the behaviors you used to enjoy as a couple: dates, hand-holding, etc. If you’re keeping an open running dialogue about your unique experiences, add to this some of the fun and affection you used to enjoy but now find missing.
Spending time together doesn’t have to be expensive. Take a picnic in the park, a hike in the woods, or a stroll around a nearby lake. When you’re spending this quality time together, reconnect with the topics you both find interesting, such as movies, politics, sports, etc. Share your fertility experiences during a confined period of together time, and savor your relationship during other times. Keeping this separation will help you more closely resemble the couple you want to be, instead of the stressed, worried, or exhausted couple you might have become.
Supporting your partner during fertility treatment will get you through the tough times and help you truly enjoy the potential euphoria of starting your family together. Make the time you need to communicate openly and share love with each other.