For the most part, I honestly think it's a shame we, as a society, don't talk about infertility. It's usually a hushed conversation shared between friends and partners, and the secrecy of it all can make women feel as if they're something fundamentally wrong or defunct with them. There are however, the moments when I've heard some of the creepy things people say to women struggling with infertility, and I start to think that it's for the best if no one talks about infertility ever again. Personally, it's something I usually keep private to protect my emotions and pride, but I would be lying if I said I didn't also stay hush hush to protect myself from the creeps of the world. The last thing I need is some stranger offering me inane advice or asking me personal questions.
If you don't struggle with infertility, you might be surprised at how brazen people can be when they learn you're having a tough time getting pregnant. If you do struggle with infertility, these bizarre statements probably (and sadly) won't be that surprising to you at all. Usually when I'm faced with this type of conversation with an acquaintance (friends know better and complete strangers aren't usually so bold), my brain goes straight into gif mode.
This one is usually particularly apropos:
Then again, it's not always worth it to go there and, instead, I'll stick to something more along these lines:
A blank stare will usually put a rude stranger in their place (or at least make them feel extremely uncomfortable) and they'll inevitably retreat into the woodwork. Honestly, that's where I wish those people would stay, instead of blurting these ridiculous and creepy things in the direction of someone who is struggling with infertility.