Recently came across an interesting article that talked about 7 ways to cope with a career and infertility treatment.
The article talks about how stressful it can be to have to deal with infertility in general, but pays particular attention to the kinds of issues that come into play when combining the frustration of infertility with the demands of a workplace. For example, when trying to treat infertility there is necessarily a lot of time that has to be devoted to testing and monitoring your body so that you can optimize your treatment. In order to do this right, one has to be able to take time off of work to get check ups and follow up with the medical procedures.
Psychologically and culturally people also often stress about whether or not they should tell the people they work with. How will their colleagues treat them differently and how will bosses view them differently if one were to openly talk about having infertility. These are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the questions that can come to mind.
Indeed, balancing a career and infertility can be a tough road, but know that there are many places where you can get the support that you need to continue the career you have while also not giving up the dreams of a family. A few pointers that the article mentions remind readers that:
• You have a right to your privacy, but if you are open about why you are taking time off people around you may offer you support rather than just wonder what is going on.
• Often times "reasonable accommodations” can be negotiated.
• Planning ahead and taking your work schedule into consideration can help you avoid many stresses and complications.
• Be informed, and get a clear idea from your doctor about what to expect at every step along the way. IVF care is a commitment and should not be taken lightly.
• Remember that employers want to keep valuable employees and that it is in their best interest to accommodate you under extenuating circumstances.
If you are, yourself, considering how to balance a career with infertility treatment, we welcome any questions and will do our best to make sure that you have the best care possible -- and that we can fit your needs. New Hope Fertility Center, in particular, can minimize impact on a work schedule with early hours for monitoring and procedures, and minimal or natural IVF protocols that are gentle on the body. Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.