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#KnowIVF: What To Do To Support Someone Through Infertility Problems?

According to the Indian Society of Assisted Reproduction, currently, about 10 to 14 % of the Indian population is affected by infertility, with a majority in the urban areas. In urban areas, one out of six couples is affected by infertility. Approximately 27.5 million couples who are actively attempting to conceive experience infertility problems in India. 

Many couples in India suffer from infertility problems. The reason could be anything- lifestyle, food or modernization. We can’t help those couples medically, but we can support them emotionally. Generally, people don’t talk about their infertility. It may be because of the certain ‘infertility bingo’ comments that follow them.

Key Highlights:

  • About 10 to 14 % of the Indian population is affected by infertility.
  • Approx 27.5 million couples suffer from infertility in India.
  • Both male and female partner may be equally responsible for not conceiving.

Usually, whenever people come to know about the infertility problem of a couple, they start advising – “Why don’t you think about adoption, have you thought about surrogacy and more. These types of comments can cause immense hurt and make the situation traumatic or worse.

If you want to help the couple, then avoid passing comments that can hurt them. Just sense their situation by stepping into their shoes. They must be undergoing a lot. You can just Google and find a lot of options to add. 

Okay, Then What Should You Do For Them?

There is no universal answer to this question. It may vary from person to person and situation of the individual. There are certain dos and don’ts that you can follow:

  • Just hug them and say, “I am sorry”.
  • You can’t do anything to fix this, so stop suggesting. It may reversely affect them.
  • Never give hope by talking about some miracle stories. All you can do is bear witness to their situation.
  • As I said, we can’t do anything for them. So never advise them about what to do or what to think. Just listen to them. It’s fair to be sad and angry at how unfair life is.

It’s Serious

We have to understand that infertility problems are a traumatic and life-changing situation. In a study, it is proved that infertility can lead to psychological problems. In that report:

  • 90% of infertile couples reported feeling depressed, while 42% reported feeling suicidal 
  • 50% of women and 15% of men said that infertility was the most upsetting experience of their lives. 
  • Levels of depression and anxiety in infertility patients were comparable with those amongst cancer patients.
  •  4 in 10 women experienced symptoms of PTSD following a miscarriage.

Also, read about Infertility and Treatment Options

Don’t Just Say – Show You Care

Just saying that I am here for you if you need help is not enough. Show them that you care for them. Offer them practical support. If they ignore to attend family events or baby showers, encourage them to visit. If they visit this kind of event, look out for them.

Involve Them In Every Event

Never think that the couple will feel bad or get upset if you invite them to your child’s birthday party or any other event. If you don’t involve them, they will feel even more excluded and isolated.

Final Words

Sadly, many couples in India suffer from infertility problems. There could be different reasons for this condition. We need to understand that they want some support and care. In the above article, we have mentioned a few tips to support these enduring couples. Take care of your family and friends. Infertility is a serious problem that brings sadness in people’s life. With your help, this sadness can surely reduce.

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