Untitled design (7)For couples struggling with infertility, currently or in the past, holidays like Father’s Day can be difficult. Hopeful fathers may find Father’s Day to be a day filled with complicated emotions, and aside from visiting their own father, they may not feel much like celebrating. At ART, we like to think that even though this day can be tough, it can also be a day of renewed hope. While you may still be trying to complete your family this Father’s Day, you never know how you’ll be spending Father’s Day next year! And for all the dads that have gone through fertility treatments to build their family, the day can be just as emotional when looking back on the journey to fatherhood.

No matter what your current situation is, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead for special days like this. Even just planning a quiet day at home will help you know what to expect, and be able to relax. If you’re feeling particularly sensitive towards the holiday, it might be best to avoid challenging public situations like restaurants or sporting events, and instead focus on spending some quality time with your partner. After all, you’re a team and you’re dealing with infertility together. Spending time together with someone who intimately understands your situation is important, and being able to lean on one another on those particularly tough days can be comforting.

No matter how you choose to spend the day, know that you’re not alone. It’s perfectly normal to experience some sensitivity or feel emotional on Father’s Day when you’ve experienced setbacks on your path to fatherhood. Take this time to express your feelings by talking to your partner or a loved one. If you don’t feel like talking, it may be helpful to write it down in a private journal.

As a final thought, take this day in stride and don’t put too much pressure on yourself to feel one way or another. At the end of the day, it’s important to try to have a positive outlook. After all, we never know what the future may hold!

The ART Fertility Program of Alabama is located in Birmingham, Alabama with additional locations in Huntsville, Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. The program is led by Dr. Kathryn Honea, Dr. Virginia Houserman and Dr. Chris Allemand who are Board Certified specialists in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. All are skilled in comprehensive infertility care and offer a complete range of infertility services.

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