It’s a New Year, and with it comes the ability to get a fresh start on growing your family. Like any new year’s resolution, it doesn’t just happen. It takes time, a willingness to see where there’s room for improvement, and the discipline to take steps to improve the situation.
As you start on your journey toward growing your family in 2018, I would like to propose the following “New Year’s Resolutions” to help you grow your family.
1. Talk About It
One of the biggest obstacles to infertility is the ability to talk about it. Honest and open communication is a necessary and helpful part of the process toward growing your family. As a couple, take the time to talk honestly about goals, expectations and concerns about growing your family. As you’re having these conversations you can also take the time to go to a couples’ counselor together, or schedule an appointment to talk with a fertility specialist to understand your options.
2. Get Tested
This applies to the men and women in any relationship. People are unwilling to get tested for infertility because they fear that it will be a source of shame. The fact is, if there is an issue, simply wishing for it to go away won’t help.
3. Take Care of Yourself
Infertility can be stressful, and can bring up all manner of self-doubts and anxieties. This in turn can lead to loss of appetite, sleeplessness, and stress. The way to counter these issues is self-care. Give yourself time for exercise, meditation, relaxation, health and beauty treatments; whatever makes you feel better about yourself is a good idea.
This is also a good time to start making better choices about your diet. Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about ways to eat better. With any luck, you’ll need to make adjustments to your diet when you get pregnant, so you might as well prepare yourself now.
4. Don’t Fear the Cost
Many couples and single parents don’t even consider fertility treatment because they think, “It’s so expensive. I could never afford that.” But the fact is, as IVF becomes more commonplace the costs are also going down.
More than that, growing acceptance of the value of IVF and reproductive technologies has led to possible coverage in some areas. Talking with your health insurance provider is a good place to start. Find out if they provide coverage for infertility treatments as they may be able to help.
There are also other less costly treatments that may be available. Many organizations offer grants and scholarships to help finance infertility treatments. For a starter list take a look at Resolve.org.
In addition, financing is available to help you to distribute the costs over time. Companies offer financing that allows you to make payments up front, and pay back the amount borrowed over periods ranging from one to six years.
5. Get Help
Whether you’re ready to get pregnant now, or are looking for advice to help you grow your family in the future, the time to talk with a fertility specialist is now. Talking with a specialist can help you plan ahead and learn about options that you may not have known exist.
If you have questions, or if you’d like to learn more about me or my practice, CCRM OC Fertility, schedule your new patient consultation today or call us at (949) 706-2229.