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According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or staying pregnant. It is a really difficult time for couples as they try to navigate their own feelings of handling their infertility while fielding questions from family members, friends and sometimes strangers. Most often comments are well-intended and meant as support, but a seemingly innocent question or suggestion can be loaded and upsetting.
Brenda Kim, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology at NorthShore, offers tips to help navigate what you may not want to say and how to support those who may be experiencing infertility.
How to help:
According to Dr. Kim, the best advice to friends and family of infertility couples is to not bring up the issue. Infertility couples are super sensitive and may easily misunderstand and be offended. If you are discussing this with friends, you might unintentionally say something that is hurtful and realize it after you say it. We might not always have the right things to say and sometimes say the wrong things. If it happens make sure to apologize.