EXCERPT: While some little girls play with baby dolls from the time they’re old enough to push around a toy stroller, others are sparked with the desire to have a child until they’ve met a lifelong partner. Others might not require a spouse and may begin a family on their own. Whatever the decision-making moment, being diagnosed as infertile is mentally and emotionally draining. Psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. explains women specifically may suffer from diminished self-confidence and sense of worth, translating into a more reserved or defeated nature in the office. “A woman may feel less competent and valuable at work which can actually make the woman’s job performance suffer due to her being more insecure, less able to concentrate, being distracted, not sleeping well, and/or experiencing emotions such as irritability, anxiety, depression, frustration, grief, and/or helplessness,” she explains.
Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. is a Relationship Therapist in Los Angeles. To read the full article “how to talk about infertility with your boss and not make it uncomfortable” visit theladders.com