Five Ways to Share Your Fertility Story (for When You’re Ready/If You Want To)
For some people, one of the most therapeutic ways to work through the stress of an infertility diagnosis and treatment plan is to share your story with others. Of course, how much you share and to whom is entirely your decision. Infertility is a medical issue, so you are completely within your rights to withhold information about your journey to parenthood.
However, for those interested in letting others know about their experience from a first-hand account, there are a variety of ways you can share your story.
Chelsea Fertility NYC supports all fertility patients, and we hope that you’ll consider sharing your story in a way that you feel comfortable. We’ve offered five ways you can share your fertility story below.
- Join a fertility support group – Attending fertility support group meetings is a great way to tell your story to others who are likely going through the same or a similar experience. Fertility support groups can be women-only, men-only, or couples only. They are held both in-person or online. You can share as much or as little as you wish in a support group.
- Write to your local and/or state representative – Infertility treatment insurance coverage varies widely from state to state, and it is often up to citizens to inform their representatives of the financial challenges infertility presents. By writing to representatives asking that they encourage and vote for legislation that supports better coverage, you advocate for all infertility patients in your state.
- Post your story on social media – Social media is a great platform for the average person to potentially reach a very large audience. Of course, you would need to be comfortable with your family members and friends seeing your post, so that is something to consider ahead of time.
- Prepare answers to the more difficult or insensitive questions – Sharing your fertility story is admirable, but not everyone is as educated as we’d like them to be, so unintentionally insensitive and assuming questions can creep up. Having answers ready for questions regarding finances, risk factors, third-party reproductive and more can make it a little easier to talk to others.
- Start a blog – A blog can be a great resource for couples and individuals who are interested in tracking their journey to parenthood on their own terms. Blog can be kept private, but they can also be shared with the public as you wish. Blogs also allow for a long storytelling format and more creative expression.