Anyone who has gone through infertility knows the conversation too well. It begins at a family holiday gathering, a girls’ night out, or even in the checkout line, with some variation of, “So, when are you going to have kids?” Stifling your frustration and embarrassment, you choke out a response about how getting pregnant has taken longer than you’d hoped. And then they hit you with it: “Just relax! It will happen.”
For women struggling with infertility, “just relax” is perhaps the worst – and most commonly given – unsolicited advice. It’s an attempt to be helpful, but it’s based on common misconceptions about the relationship between stress and infertility, and it adds a far great burden than it relieves.
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