5 Things to Stop Saying To Your Loved One Going Through Infertility

Written by Lauren E. Wilson LMSW Owner/Consultant at Flourish Consulting Services Many couples and individuals are walking down the strenuous path of infertility - it is estimated that 1 in 8 couples (or 12% of married women) have trouble getting pregnant or sustaining a pregnancy. (1)  So it is not uncommon if you know someone in your family or friend group that has shared their infertility journey. Despite its prevalence, the majority do not share their full infertility story with family or friends, as it can often be one of the most distressing life events for a couple to walk through together. (2)  And many well-meaning friends and family members can unknowingly add to that psychological stress by making comments that are not helpful. I have worked with many couples for the past 15 years that are in various stages of infertility and seeking options to grow their families. They have courageously shared with me their thoughts and feelings about their struggles. Here are some of the m