“Just relax” and other insensitive phrases you should never tell someone struggling with infertility

I once said that if a glass of wine would help me relax and have a baby that I would have more babies than the Duggars.



“Stop thinking about it and then it will happen”
“Try yoga”
“I know a friend (of a friend, of a friend) who just adopted and then they got pregnant!”
“Have you thought about IVF
“Take a vacation”
. . . do any of these sound familiar?
Unfortunately for those dealing with infertility, these common phrases (and more) are the insensitive comments they hear on a regular basis – often from well meaning and concerned friends and family members.

It’s also unfortunate that news outlets repeat these mantra’s – creating additional torture for patients already struggling to work through their fertility journey. In her blog post Why “Just Relax” is Still Not Helpful Advice in the World of Infertility, Melissa Ford writes “while stress enzymes very well may affect fertility levels, the reality is that infertility is an umbrella term for a disease that has a myriad…

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