Coping with infertility isn’t easy, so let us help you find infertility support groups
Most people know that infertility can be hard on the body, but not everyone understands the emotional toll of infertility. There’s the disappointment of constantly seeing negative pregnancy tests and the heartbreak of facing pregnancy loss. It can feel like you’re alone in your struggles, and you might wonder if you’ll ever be able to have a baby.
It might not seem like it now, but you aren’t alone, and fertility treatments can help you become a parent. Even with this knowledge, our San Antonio fertility clinic team knows infertility can still be difficult to navigate. That’s why we’re here to help you find infertility support groups to walk with you on your journey.
Where can you find infertility support groups?
It can be hard to know where to start your search for a support group. In many other situations, you might ask friends, family or coworkers for recommendations. But what if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your struggles with the people in your life?
The following resources can help you find infertility support groups near you.
- You may have heard of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. This organization offers a helpful resource on its website. Using the “Find a Support Group” search feature on the website, you can find a group near you and filter your results by the type of group and the topics the group discusses.
- If you’d prefer to get your support from the comfort of home, there are plenty of online support groups available. There’s the IVF Support Group on Facebook as well as the infertility message board on The Bump.
With these and all support groups, keep in mind that most of the people sharing are not doctors or fertility experts. They are everyday people who are talking about their experiences. As a result, you should think of support groups as a way to help cope with the emotional toll of infertility, not places to get a diagnosis or treatment plan.
How can attending one of these groups help you?
When you find infertility support groups that interest you, you’ll want to attend one or more sessions to get a feel for the group. Doing so helps you determine which group you feel comfortable with, which makes it more likely that you’ll keep attending.
Regularly attending and participating in a support group has several benefits.
Finding support as you deal with the emotional toll of infertility. It can be helpful to share your feelings and learn that you aren’t alone.
Learning about different doctors and treatments. You shouldn’t immediately take what group members say to be gospel. However, their advice and experiences can give you new ideas about doctors to visit and different treatment options to explore.
Helping others is a great way to boost your mood when you’re feeling down. Just by sharing your story and your feelings, you can often help encourage or support someone just like you in your group. Think of it as paying it forward.
If you need help overcoming infertility to welcome a baby, our San Antonio fertility clinic is here for you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Munch.