Infertility can be a pretty lonely place.
Whether it’s the intimate nature of the experience, the shame of not being able to achieve something that seems so innate to the human experience, or the fact that no one seems to understand, so many infertile couples keep the pain to themselves.
After two and a half years of trying to become parents, my husband and I have started to tell more people about our struggles. It’s been amazing to turn our tough time into a learning experience that helps support others who we’ve learned are in the same boat. At the same time, there are moments when we long to be on the receiving end of that comfort, and unfortunately, it’s been hard to come by.
Despite the fact that 1 in 8 couples require support to build their families, infertility is still one of the last lingering taboo topics in our increasingly open society. To those fertile friends out there who conceive with ease, we love you. And, whether or not we say it, we need your help.
Here are some ways you can show up for us during this difficult experience: