Infertility And Depression: How Your Employer Can Help
This is from a very good article by LINDSAY TIGAR
As someone who dealt with infertility personally, Lesesne calls the experience one of the most isolating times of her life. “You feel like a failure for so many reasons but primarily because you can’t do the one thing you are biologically built to do. This can have such a significant impact on you mentally with many feelings of shame, guilt, doubt, and sadness,” she continued.
It wasn’t until she looked back on her own IVF treatments that she realized the mental impact. After three rounds of IVF, she had a positive pregnancy test, sending her and her partner over the moon. However, five weeks in, she started bleeding, 700 miles from home, ultimately resulting in an ectopic pregnancy.
“It’s three years later now, and I still suffer from PTSD from that specific time. I believe that many women who have endured multiple fertility treatments or have experienced loss suffer from episodes of PTSD, anxiety, and depression,” she shares.
How employers can help: Sometimes, you don’t need a mental health day — you need a week. Or the ability to work from home and not deal with chaotic commutes. In addition to talking to a mental health professional, Lesesne suggests talking to your manager so they know what is happening. This gives them the chance to be more understanding and flexible as you heal.
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