When you're dealing with infertility, every day can present challenges to your mental health and well-being. Even so, the holiday season can be especially difficult for the infertile woman, man or couple. So much emphasis is placed on children and family during the holidays that someone affected by infertility can feel particularly isolated, depressed and emotionally distraught. Everything from shopping at the Mall and seeing so many young children sitting on Santa's knee, to family gatherings where nosy relatives ask personal questions about when you'll be getting pregnant and giving them grandkids, is a challenge to an infertile individual or couple at this time of the year.
And let's not forget that for Christians, the very heart and reason behind the holiday celebrations is marking the birth of a child, Jesus - what a way to drive home the pain of being infertile!
On this page I've put together some tips and resources for helping to get through the holiday season when infertility is a factor in your life. I hope these suggestions and ideas will help make the holidays less difficult and more peaceful to you, no matter where you may be on your fertility journey. You'll also find links to many more articles on the subject of infertility and the Christmas season, as well as resources for helping you survive infertility all year long.