22 Dec Coping with Infertility Over the Holidays
The holidays are upon us and infertility or childlessness can be triggered and become bigger and more pronounced. Individuals experiencing infertility may be challenged by both the normal holiday stresses, and the grieving process that is built in to the fertility treatment journey.
So, how do you get through the holidays when you are enduring infertility? If you could escape to an island paradise and remain there until the holidays are over, it would still be hard to escape the desire to share holidays with loved ones and still coexist with the pain of being infertile.
What is Infertility?
In general, infertility is defined as not being able to conceive after one year or longer of unprotected sex. Because fertility in women is known to decline steadily with age, most providers evaluate and treat women aged 35 years or older after 6 months of unprotected sex.
Women with infertility should consider making an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist, a doctor who specializes in managing infertility. Also, an evaluation with a reproductive endocrinologists may be able to help women with recurrent pregnancy loss, defined as having two or more spontaneous miscarriages.
Health and Wellness
It is important to deal with the stress of infertility around the holidays by focusing on yourself and rest and healthy habits. Make sure you get plenty of sleep, drink enough fluids, and maintain a healthy diet during this time.
Infertility stress can be all consuming. Remember that you should come first: Love yourself and your body and appreciate what you do have. Don’t feel guilty if you need to skip a family event or party, because the priority is focusing on yourself and partner as you navigate through this difficult time.
Infertility combined with the holidays stress and commitments can strain you and strain your relationships, even when we do our best to stay healthy and connected. Despite the cheerful twinkle lights going up on every house and the get-togethers with friends and families, try not to let the holiday spirit overwhelm you. Focus on you. Focus on health. Focus on wellness.
To learn more about these topics and speak to one of our physicians about fertility treatment, you can request a consultation here.