When someone you know is struggling to conceive, it can be hard to know the right things to say and do. Dr. Joseph Hazan and his staff at Advanced OB-GYN Services in Saint Peters and Bridgeton, MO, have helped many women navigate difficulties with infertility, gaining valuable insight from patients about dealing with this emotionally trying situation.
3 Things To Know About Helping Others Struggling With Infertility
The Best Response Is To Listen
Infertility not only is physically challenging but takes a huge emotional and psychological toll. In short, infertility can be devastating, and many women aren’t comfortable talking about it. If someone dealing with this condition is willing to discuss it with you, don’t advise them how to fix it; listening and offering support are the best things you can do.
There Are Many Reasons For Infertility
Infertility is more common than people might think — studies show as many as 1 in 8 couples struggle to conceive. Whether someone has trouble becoming pregnant the first time, has difficulty conceiving after having a child, has miscarried, or is dealing with other reproductive issues, no two patients have the same experience.
Unsolicited Advice Isn’t Helpful
If someone you know has opened up to you about their infertility, refrain from saying things like “You should adopt," or “It will happen as soon as you stop trying.” Though these things may be said with good intentions, you probably don’t understand everything about their situation and aren’t in a position to offer advice. Treating their condition as if it has a simple solution will be more upsetting than helpful. When in doubt, offer a hug!
For help with infertility, turn to Dr. Joseph Hazan at Advanced OB-GYN Services. He and his medical team specialize in gynecology, obstetrics, and prenatal care, and they will provide the friendly, personalized care you need. To schedule an appointment, call (636) 928-1800 for their Saint Peters office or (314) 291-2140 for their Bridgeton location. You also can make a request online, where you will find more information about their services. Follow them on Twitter for health tips and updates.