Infertility: Don’t despair

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Infertility: Don’t despair

For those dealing with common but delicate issue, there’s hope
What not to say

Dr. Joseph Gambone of Durango said openness on the topic of infertility is good. But it’s a sensitive issue, so a certain delicacy of language is in order.

Trite, off-the-cuff remarks, while intended to empathize with the couple’s lack of success, may twist the knife in an open wound, he said. “Couples identify with the baby even as a fetus. The baby is real,” Gambone said. “They already have chosen a name.”

Among clumsy comments to avoid:



“Relax.”

“Worse things could happen.”

“Maybe you’re not meant to be parents.”

“Why don’t you adopt?”



It’s also bad taste to boast about an easy pregnancy or complain about a difficult one.

Infertility: Don’t despair

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