Sunday, December 25, 2005

Missing work for IVF

One of the more mundane but potentially troublesome issues for working people undergoing IVF is the need to take time off work for doctor visits. A recent article in the Lexington Herald-Leader interviews several people who discuss how they dealt with the issue. It can be quite sensitive since many couples prefer to keep it private. But when the time comes to miss siginificant amounts of work, especially when it may coincide with critical work deadlines, the issue may need to be discussed with superiors.

The greatest schedule demands are on the woman, of course, but husbands must be present at the critical time for sperm donation. And couples may also wish to visit the fertility clinic together for each examination. So the men may also be faced with missing work and have to deal with the issue of how to clear the absences with their boss.

Those interviewed in the articled used several different approaches. Some were direct about it with their superiors. Others were more discreet and just said they were having some medical issues. Although there is no single approach that works for everyone, everyone needs to consider this issue as they enter IVF treatment.


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