How to Balance Work and Fertility Treatment
You are not alone. Some people with infertility struggle with how to balance work and fertility treatment. When you're trying to keep your situation quiet, managing treatment appointments, medication, and emotions can be overwhelming.
At IVF FLORIDA, we understand that fertility treatment is stressful, and we are here to help. Our offices are open 365 days a year and offer early morning appointments and our care team works closely with each patient to ensure their journey to building a family is as stress-free as possible.
Although we can't alleviate all the stress associated with juggling a full-time job and appointments, we can offer a few tips to help you balance work and infertility treatment:
Strategically schedule your appointments.
Scheduling the earliest or latest appointment and adjusting your workday is one way to avoid disruptions. For example, you can book an appointment at 7:30 a.m., which may leave plenty of time to get to the office without anyone knowing the difference, or plan a "late lunch" and schedule your appointment in the late afternoon.
Temporarily switch your work schedule.
Hybrid and remote work schedules have become the new norm for some industries, and many offices are more accepting of flexible work schedules. Try talking to your boss about temporarily shifting your work hours. They might be willing to compromise if they know it's for a short time.
Before the meeting, write what you want to say and how you'd like to flex your schedule. Make sure you include specific dates and times when possible. This will help keep the conversation focused on what's most important and make it easier for everyone involved.
Be proactive about your support system.
When seeking fertility treatments, find an ally you can lean on when things get tough. It could be a spouse, work buddy, or family member. Work-life will become far more challenging without the emotional support you need. You may also find support groups online that can provide a safe space to talk to others with similar experiences.
Take time for yourself.
IVF is an emotional rollercoaster, and taking time for self-care is important during treatment. Whether it’s setting aside time to read a book, asking for more support at home, or taking time off work to prevent exhaustion, you’ll do a better job balancing work and fertility treatment if you do what you need to stay mentally and physically healthy.
IVF FLORIDA regularly works with individuals and couples juggling their careers during fertility treatments. Schedule a consultation and learn more about how to plan for a fertility treatment plan that flows with your career and home life.