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10 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself If You’re Fertility Challenged


Updated March 07, 2012

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Stop Trying to Do This All Alone
You're not alone with infertility. There is help - don't be afraid to reach out.

You're not alone with infertility. There is help -- don't be afraid to reach out.

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Though you may feel alone, though it may seem you're the only infertile couple among all your friends, you are not alone in this big world. One in eight experience fertility problems at some point in their lives. There's a good chance someone you know has struggled with trying to conceive, but like you, they are keeping it secret. Be brave and break the silence.

You have more opportunities for support than you realize, and I'm talking about support beyond friends and family (though they, too, can support you!). You can join a RESOLVE infertility support group. You can become a fertility forum member. You can start an infertility blog and participate in the very large fertility blogosphere. You can find a therapist who can help you through the difficult emotions of infertility.

Be sure to also seek support in your partner. It's amazing how two people can live together and go through infertility as a couple, but still try to cope with it alone. Speak to each other. Share your fears with each other, including the scary fears, like worries that your partner will leave you because you're infertile. Lean on each other. And if infertility has harmed your relationship, see a therapist together to address the issues.

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