For many men and women dealing with infertility, the question becomes not whether to try fertility treatments but when to stop trying them. After all, at what point should fertility treatments come to an end? When you’ve had a child? When you’ve tried for a year? Two years? Five years? More?
Obviously, this is an incredibly important and personal decision. As such, it goes hand-in-hand with a number of factors, including:
- – The financial ramifications of continuing with fertility treatments.
- – The emotional aspects of continuing with fertility treatments.
- – The physical issues related to fertility treatments.
- – The age and health factors of the persons involved.
- – The time necessary to continue with fertility treatments.
In the end, there’s really no one-size-fits-all answer to the issue of how far is far enough when it comes to trying to conceive. For some couples, unlimited resources allow them to take every route possible; for others, the hormonal impact of fertility treatments may prove to be a deciding element in determining when to take a temporary or permanent break.
If you’re just embarking on a journey that’s going to include fertility treatments, it’s crucial that you talk with your partner as well as your reproductive health specialist about the future. Make a plan upon which you can all agree. This doesn’t mean that you can’t change your mind — it just allows you to have a less open-ended outlook
Fertility Treatments and the Inflexible Work Situation
You’ve decided to try fertility treatments to combat your inability to conceive a child without medical intervention. You’re at peace with your decision and are ready to go. There’s only one thing stopping you — your inflexible employer and/or work schedule.
What do you do?
This is a very real concern for people around the globe, not just those living in America. Fertility treatments can range from requiring only short appointments to necessitating days of bed rest. And this can wreak havoc career-wise.
Thus, it is critical for you to go to your supervisor and/or personnel manager to discuss your options before you start any fertility treatments that could make it difficult (if not impossible) for you to work. However, you need to be aware that while many employers will try to accommodate you, some will not.
Whether or not you can fight any ensuing inflexibility depends upon a multitude of factors, including the industry you’re in and type of work you do. You’ll need to come to the table with ideas and solutions of your own, such as working from home if possible or taking on extra work during the days or weeks you aren’t taking time off for your fertility treatments.
Is this a tricky subject? Yes — for both the employer and employee. But addressing it head on will mean less anxiety in the long run.