Struggling with infertility can make you feel alone and isolated and it’s often difficult for family and friends to fully understand what you’re going through. Whether you’re looking for advice about your fertility challenges or you need support as you start in vitro fertilization (IVF) or another treatment approach, there are infertility support groups specifically designed with you in mind. Look to these groups for support and compassion during your fertility journey.
Why is support so important during fertility treatments?
Fertility treatments aren’t just physically demanding, they can also take an emotional toll on you and your partner.
Joining a support group, whether in-person or online, can help you realize you’re not alone. There are groups for men and women of all walks of life with members that will help you feel comfortable and understood.
How to find local infertility support groups
At The Fertility Institute of New Orleans, our staff members pride themselves on always being there for the immediate needs of our patients. We are happy to point you in the right direction for support as you navigate fertility challenges, either with our own in-clinic support groups or other local resources. Just ask your doctor at your next appointment for more information. We’re here to help.
If you live outside of the New Orleans area, RESOLVE is a great resource for those struggling with fertility challenges. This non-profit organization can help you connect with resources in your local area.
4 infertility support groups online
Joining an online support group is helpful because of the private nature of infertility challenges. If you aren’t comfortable discussing your personal journey face-to-face in your local community, an online community offers you the chance to remain anonymous and seek written support, at any time of day or night.
If you’re interested in connecting with a group online, here are four infertility support groups that offer guided and safe support.
1. IVF Support Group Facebook page
With nearly 27,000 members, the IVF Support Group is a large Facebook community for those who have been through or are currently going through IVF.
This is a place to share stories and suggestions in a closed group format. Only members can see what is being shared within the group. Moderators are there to step in if discussions become unhelpful or heated.
2. The Bump: Infertility
This forum hosted by The Bump has a message board dedicated to hundreds of different infertility and IVF topics.
Due to the sensitive nature of these topics, there are strict etiquette rules for posting. Success stories, for example, are directed to other forums.
3. Infertility Support Group on DailyStrength
If you are beginning your journey with IVF and need support, this group is for you.
It is a smaller community of approximately 2,500 members, designed to create a safe, compassionate space to seek and offer guidance.
4. RESOLVE: Male Perspective
Men are not exempt from the stress and disappointment associated with infertility challenges. This group is geared toward the male perspective of these issues.
It is important to note that women are allowed to interact within the group as well. Again, no matter how you’re dealing with fertility challenges, you deserve a support system throughout the process.
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If you live in Louisiana and would like to talk to one of our doctors about your fertility challenges, contact The Fertility Institute of New Orleans today. Our fertility doctors are here to discuss all of the aspects of your pregnancy journey. It’s our mission to help our patients every step of the way.