The Stress of Creating a Family on Demand
Once women reach a certain age or if they’ve recently gotten married, the question of “When are you going to start a family” becomes the question of the hour. For some, it doesn’t seem like an invasion of privacy, but for others, especially those who might be already going through fertility struggles, you feel the sting every time someone asks.
Let’s Talk About It
According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 6 million American women struggle with fertility issues, either in achieving pregnancy or maintaining a pregnancy. Because the topic of infertility is not widely discussed, it can seem like a very isolating process that friends and family can’t or don’t comprehend.
You Aren’t Alone
First, know that you are not alone if you are dealing with this stress and the constant questions. There are millions of couples going through this process that have the same roller coaster of emotions and pressures to start or complete their families. There are support blogs and forums for people to connect about their struggles and worries. Resolve.org is a great resource to help couples who are trying to conceive connect with others across the country. They also connect people with local support groups to join and events you can attend to grow your fertility community.
For support closer to home, give your closer friends and family the opportunity to be supportive of you and share your journey. Telling someone about your struggles can be a huge wave of relief that there’s no longer this secret.
Whatever stage you are in creating or completing your family, know that you are not alone. Acknowledging and vocalizing how stressful this process is can open the door for a greater global understanding of the fertility journey.