A couple very important articles have come up during the High Holidays featuring a topic in need of attention: Men and Infertility. So much attention is brought to women who experience infertility. In Jewish tradition, we hear about Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Hannah etc. We do not hear so much about the fertility challenges of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Elkanah, etc. Temporary as it may be, it is usually the women’s burden to bare.
But men face fertility challenges and infertility too.
One voice is not more important than another. All perspectives need to be at the table. So during the #10Days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, as we focus on how we can improve ourselves and redirect our energies toward better aims, we will share the articles below to rectify the missing perspectives of men.
Childlessness On the High Holidays
The #10Days between Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) are a period of reflection on our lives, our mistakes and our challenges. Yom Kippur challenges us to consider ways in which we missed our potential.
These #10Days call to mind the 10 days (sometimes 2 weeks) spent post infertility treatment procedure waiting for the pregnancy test. They can go quickly or they can be excruciating. As they continue on, some may begin to question everything and worry. The not knowing. The wishing there was one more thing that could have been done. Mor waiting. Second guessing. Hope. Doubt.
#FertileThoughts: As you look back and consider how you could have done differently, whether Yom Kippur or on your fertility journey, think ahead:
1) How can you re-frame actions to create success. (Hint: What does success really mean?)
2) What are real expectations based on real possibilities? (Hint: be positive and open minded, but as my teacher put it, “not so much that your brain falls out of your head…)
3) How can you help others on their journey? (Hint: You are not alone. Everyone benefits when we help others)
Suggestions for seven more are welcome…