Balancing IVF and the workplace
For those going through IVF, the experience is an intensely personal one. The emotional and physical toll that IVF can take is not to be underestimated. Females and their partners often find it difficult to confide in close family members and friends, let alone their places of work.
Many women undergoing IVF often do so in private. The process is generally not one that is discussed in the lunchroom with work colleagues. The emotional and physical demands of IVF are difficult for others to understand if they have not experienced it for themselves. In response, women may find their workplaces alienating and a difficult environment to be in throughout their IVF journey.
What women in the workplace can do to help their IVF journey
It is recommended that women (and men) undergoing the IVF process, share their journey with a trusted work colleague. This can go a long way to providing a shoulder to cry on and understand what you are going through. It gives you a chance to be honest and honest to someone in your workplace when and as required. They can be there for you and offer the support you need whilst at work.
Recent panels were conducted to discuss how Australian businesses could embrace employees going through IVF. Solutions such as dedicated medication fridges, meditation rooms and onsite counsellors were tabled in an attempt for workplaces to become more IVF-friendly.
Opening discussions in the workplace around IVF will go a long way to helping others understand the process and help employees feel less isolated throughout their IVF journey. As a result, employees will feel supported and likely more effective in their work. It may help their stress levels and overall well-being throughout the IVF process and beyond.