When we talk about fertility issues and the emotional challenges, we often neglect to discuss men and what they are experiencing.
The reality is men and women process emotions differently, but men do struggle as well. How the struggle is communicated and how it shows up is different, but it’s important to take notice.
Men can harbor feelings of inadequacy, performance anxiety, and an overall sense of not knowing the right thing to say or do to support their partner. Why does this matter?
Creating a Deeper Bond
When men are given the tools and support they can play a critical role in easing the burden that often sits entirely on their significant other. Men can emotionally engage at a deeper level to create a level of trust and safety that releases some of the frustration and loneliness women experience on this journey. This deeper bond has a profound effect on quality of life and the reproductive journey.
This is easier said than done when a man’s role often becomes one segregated to Director of Sperm Production and Distribution and the advocate for “it’s going to be okay.”
With this as the backdrop, here are my top five suggestions for future dads.
Own Your Journey
Comparison is a natural process especially when you feel like you are slipping behind. The thoughts and corresponding feelings when you compare, lead to anger, jealousy, and resentment. The fact is this is your journey...no one else's. Take time as a couple to find the uniqueness of your journey and the little gifts you are gaining through this experience—celebrate them! Relationships grow and evolve during hard times. Use this time to create a stronger foundation for your future family.
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