IVF is stressful, time consuming and expensive. I thought I’d create a blog about what your friends going through IVF might need.
Just be a friend; we need a kind listening ear, some sympathy and someone willing to put up with our erratic moods. And when I say ‘we’ I mean the boys too (or the partner not taking the drugs) – it’s a really stressful time for both parties; and they’ll be regular ‘headfuck’ moments, hormonal outbursts, negativity and tears!
Do a little research; be a great friend by finding out a little more. Are they having IVF or ICSI – find out what these mean. Ask her about her drug schedule. Research IVF apps and support groups. Find out about her clinic and latest IVF news.
Be present; does she need a friend to attend appointments with? Help with her injections? A weekly pizza night? Don’t avoid her- that’s literally the worst thing- when someone knows you’re going through a shitty time and they disappear! Being avoided sucks, reduced phone calls, awkward silences- just talk, be there, be interested.
Things not to say!!!!
You just need to relax/have lots of sex/go on holiday!
People don’t turn to IVF if they have not tried everything else; prior to this decision they’ve probably been peeing on sticks and taking temperatures daily, having sex constantly in all manner of positions and taking weird concoctions and supplements.
Some reasons for infertility mean you physically cannot get pregnant the ‘normal’ way- if the man has abnormal semen analysis, or the women has blocked or removed tubes, then it simply cannot happen the ‘normal’ way. Implying a holiday may regrow their Fallopian tubes is just ridiculous ignorance.
Get a dog/adopt/sponsor a child
…er no Susan!!! Let’s face it one of the reasons we are on this earth is to procreate, many of us are naturally maternal and all we’ve ever wanted is a family.
We know there are other options of ‘parenthood’ or family- but we’ve chosen to try IVF, please respect that choice.
Social media- moaning about your kids/announcing a pregnancy/ doing an April fools joke positive pregnancy test or scan.
Oh my Facebook and insta can suck when you’re trying to conceive or are going through IVF! Pregnancy announcements, scan pics and bump updates seem to be everywhere. I can cope with these and be happy for others but…….. pregnancy test jokes!!!! just no
‘Great! You’re pregnant! Now you can relax’
If only. You are so used to feeling incapable of being pregnant you’re paranoid something awful is going to happen. Each cramp, spot of blood or disappearing symptom gives you a feeling of doom. I really never felt confident
A journal/diary, such as
Lucky socks These are pretty awesome
Anything Pineapple themed; including pineapple! It’s believed the bromeline in pineapple (Especially the core!) can help blood flow to the uterus.
Anything Unicorn themed Unicorn stickers I used these in my IVF journal
Book of positivity Positivity quotes
Fertility bracelet Lulus gifts has loads of fab ones
Chocolate; hormones means chocolate is always appreciated!!
Nuts; Brazil nuts contain selenium which is supposed to be great for the endometrial lining. Chuck a small bag in her IVF hamper.
Alternative therapies- I had acupuncture and others I know had reiki; anything relaxing can only help.