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Tips for Supporting Your Partner during Fertility Treatment

Last updated 6 years ago

Undergoing fertility treatment can be a difficult road for both partners regardless of the underlying reasons for infertility. While some couples seek fertility counseling with a qualified fertility clinic during their treatment, there are a number of other ways you can support your partner during this difficult time.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open
Effective communication between you and your partner is essential during fertility treatments, as it will help you both cope with your emotions. Take the time to sit down with your partner so that he or she can express any concerns, fears, or emotions. Remember to take into consideration that your partner may not always want to talk. Let your partner know that even if he or she is not ready to communicate his or her feelings at that time, you are always available to discuss your feelings.

Reestablish Your Relationship
It’s no surprise that a number of relationships and marriages struggle to get past infertility. Starting a family should be an activity that brings you and your partner closer, not drives each other apart. Consider reestablishing your relationship by setting up a date night where you can both focus on each other rather than the treatment process at hand.

Go to Appointments Together
You may consider accompanying your partner during his or her fertility treatments to offer support. This will also help provide both of you with useful information regarding your treatment options.  Even if your partner does not necessarily want you in the room during the process, he or she may at least want you to drive him or her to the appointment; this will let your partner know that he or she is not alone in his or her struggles. 

With several years of experience, Fertility Centers of Illinois is your number one Chicago resource for infertility treatment. Learn more about your IVF treatments and third-party reproductive options by contacting our fertility doctors at (877) 499-8730.


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