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How to Talk To Your Children About Their Possible Fertility Struggles
November 13, 2018
No parent likes to think about their child developing a possibly life-threatening illness that will require surgery or invasive treatments to cure. Even fewer parents like to think about the scars those illness and other injuries can leave, often affecting a person and their fertility throughout their life. But if they’ve already beaten the ailment, the worst is behind them. You as a parent owe it to your children to make sure they’re informed about any prior treatments or illnesses that may affect their fertility in their adult life.
A Right and Wrong Way
What you say and how you say it are equally important.
You may be tempted to have a “one and done” talk with your child about their potential loss of fertility, but this is irresponsible at best. As your child grows their questions and concerns about their condition and how it may affect the course of their life are going to evolve. Make sure that you keep the dialogue active and open, not just with your child but with any medical professionals available to you. You should also consider keeping some kind of log of these conversations to make sure you’re not missing any vital pieces of information.
Fighting an illness takes support, coping with the effects of one takes support too.
The important thing to keep in mind is that no matter how bleak the outcome looks, there’s no reason your child can’t fulfill their dreams of having a family. New advances in fertility preservation and restoration are being made every day, and even if having children of their own is a lost cause, hundreds of orphaned or unwanted babies all over the world are in need of a loving parent. Millions around the globe fight the same battle they do and win, and with your help, they just might too.
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