Woman discussing infertility to family during the holidays

How to Explain Infertility to Family and Friends During the Holidays

If you’re spending time with your friends and family for the holidays, but you’re also in the midst of a fertility journey, you might not be sure what to say to people who ask you about your experience. Gatherings can bring out the best and the worst in people, and you want to be prepared to handle questions and comments from your loved ones. Of course, there may be sometimes when you just avoid the get-together entirely. For the times you want to participate, here’s what to know.

Consider how much detail you want to provide, and what you’ll say to end the conversation or redirect it if someone keeps asking follow-up questions or starts giving advice. Rehearsing can help, so you won’t get caught off guard as much. Not only can this help you feel more at ease, but it can give you the opportunity to try out different responses and see how they make you feel before you’re in a room full of people.

If you need or want to talk with one or more specific family members about your journey, find a time to do that more privately. Then you can show emotion, ask questions, and also answer their questions in a way that works for you. At that time you can also talk to them about how they can help support you, and what you need most during a difficult time.

Family members and friends should be supportive and caring throughout your fertility journey, especially during the holidays. There may be some that aren’t doing that job as well as you’d like, and it’s okay to take a break from parties and other get-togethers that include them. You can let them know you just need a break from some of those experiences, and that it’s not specific to them. You’ll be back around when you feel more comfortable with parties.

At the end of the day, how much you explain to others is up to you. Protect yourself and your energy, and do what you need for your own physical and mental health, during the holidays and all throughout the year.

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