infertility

Talk about the Tough Stuff: Thanksgiving and Gratitude

What if you can't think of a single thing to put on your gratitude list this year?  When you're going through something hard, being grateful can be draining and feel impossible.  I explore the role of pain, gratitude, and numbing in my latest post, and how to make the most of these feelings as the holidays approach. 

Why It's So Hard to Accept Support During Infertility

After getting my first article published on PsychCentral "Infertility Sucks: 4 Ways to Accept Support from the People Who Love You," I was so excited to share more about the subject.  It's not an easy topic to talk about, and when you're going through it you may find that you push others away.  It's hard to be vulnerable.  I'll explain some common reasons why it's so damn hard to accept help, and once you're ready, you can learn how to accept it. 

Why Am I Having Trouble Conceiving when I Already Have a Child? Questions for Your Infertility Counselor

If you were able to get pregnant with ease and you're having difficulty getting pregnant with your next child, you could be experiencing secondary infertility.  Trying to conceive is a stressful process on it's own, let alone experiencing complication when trying to get pregnant.  In this post I answer several questions you may have about why you're having difficulties, how to manage the process, how to be a parent to the child you already have, how to engage your support system, and what to do next. 

A Cheat Sheet for How to Talk to Your Infertile Friend

If you've even gotten into a conversation about infertility with a friend, it can be difficult, awkward, and anxiety provoking.  Even though infertility is fairly common, society is ill-equipped to talk openly and in helpful ways.  You are well meaning and strive to be a good friend, but unsure of how to navigate the conversation.  Here's a quick cheat sheet to help you get started.

"When Are You Going to Have a Baby?" How to Start Communicating about Infertility

Are you facing infertility or trouble conceiving?  It can be difficult to explain your situation to family and friends, and inevitably they will be asking you questions about when you're having a baby, or another baby, and when they will become grandparents.  Learn how to begin talking about infertility so that those difficult conversations don't become hurtful and destructive.  You can get the support you need by processing your emotions and communicating your needs clearly. 

5 Infertility Myths Busted and the Truths You Need to Know

Infertility is a complex and often misunderstood condition.  Infertility does not discriminate, it spans racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, education, and religious groups and affects approximately 10% of the population.  Chances are you know someone facing infertility, but how much do you know about it?  Here are five common myths about infertility and the truths you may find fascinating. 

How to Weather the Storm of Infertility Together

Have you ever heard the term "rainbow baby?"  A rainbow baby is a baby that is born after a stormy period (infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, etc.).  This baby, like a rainbow, is an example that a beautiful gift can come out of a dark time.  Infertility is a devastating storm, with one of the most common reactions being isolation.  Move through your journey with your partner by you side, each of you providing support for the other.  Learn how to join forces with your partner to effectively weather the storm of infertility together.