If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, then you’re not alone. In fact, studies show that nearly one in every eight couples will struggle with infertility in the United States. One of the hardest parts about infertility is finding a way to communicate with your partner and maintain your relationship. Consider this overview on how to talk to your partner when experiencing infertility.
One of the most important things to do when communicating with your spouse or partner is to avoid blame. Many individuals tend to think that infertility is a female problem—when in fact, male infertility accounts for up to 50% of cases. Rather than place blame on one another, try to remember that you are both equal participants in the pregnancy process, regardless of which partner is struggling with conception.
Sharing the News
The next step when communicating with your partner is to determine how much information you want to provide to family and friends when sharing the news. For example, your partner may feel the need to provide every detail to their mother or father, while you would rather that some aspects of your struggle remain private. Communicating about what will be revealed will help ensure that neither you nor your partner is hurt or embarrassed by the information provided.
Tips to Combat Stress
Many couples struggling with infertility find that the pressure puts an immense amount of stress on their relationship. Keep your relationship strong with some of these de-stress tips:
- Work out together to help boost endorphins or mood-elevating chemicals.
- Go on dates during which neither you nor your partner discusses infertility or children.
- Try to incorporate non-goal oriented intercourse that does not revolve around conception.
The more information you have about infertility and your treatment options the easier it will be to openly communicate with your partner. Let our fertility doctors with Fertility Centers Illinois help you identify the cause of infertility and help you get on the road to starting a family. Learn more about your options. Contact FCI today, at (877) 499-8730.