Let’s address what it means to go through fertility treatment and touch upon some of the stages. As you’ll see, there are about 3 - 5 treatment approaches and they’re pretty different.
As you can see below, what they all have in common is most are expensive, almost never work the first time & can wreak serious havoc on someone’s work and travel schedule.
Before intensive fertility treatments start, many couples try to conceive naturally or with fertility medications for up to a year
This means they need to be in the same place as their partner during a 4 to 6 day window each month to give them the best chances. This can place pressure on work or personal travel schedules.
Next, many try intrauterine insemination, or IUI. Here a woman may take a few days of medication and go to a few appointments in the run-up to a non-surgical procedure.
The timing of the procedure is sensitive. It can’t be moved and it’s really hard to accurately predict more than 36 hours ahead of when it will actually happen. Deadlines and travel in the lead up to an IUI can put the cycle in jeopardy.
Fertility treatments are incredibly stressful and, mixed with the stress of work, things can boil over. This is a guide for co-workers to understand what their colleagues are going through, so that they can help create a supportive workplace environment. We cover everything from the things you should say & the things you should avoid saying to your co-workers, to the ways that fertility treatments will concretely impact work schedules.