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Infertility: Emotional and Social Support

Overview

When you have infertility, you may feel alone, confused, or scared. Talking with others about your feelings can help. Here are some places you may find support.

  • Family and friends. They can help you cope by giving you comfort and encouragement.
  • Counseling. Professional counseling can help you understand and deal with your infertility, and the emotions that may come with it.
  • Your doctor. Find a doctor you trust and feel comfortable with. Be open and honest about your fears and concerns.
  • Spiritual or religious groups. These groups can provide comfort. And they may be able to help you find counseling or other social support services.
  • Support groups. In a support group, you can talk to others who have had similar experiences. Your doctor may be able to tell you about groups in your community. You may also be able to find support in online groups, forums, or discussion boards.

Finding a support group

  • Ask your doctor, counselor, or other health professional for suggestions.
  • Contact your local church, mosque, synagogue, or other religious group.
  • Ask your family and friends.
  • Ask people who have the same health concerns.
  • Go online. Forums and blogs let you read messages from others and leave your own messages. You can exchange stories, vent your frustrations, and ask and answer questions.
  • Contact a city, state, or national group that provides support for your health concerns. Your library or community center may have a list of these groups. Or you can look for information online.

Look for a support group that works for you. Ask yourself if you prefer structure and would like a group leader, or if you would like a less formal group. Do you prefer face-to-face meetings? Or do you feel more secure in online chat rooms or forums?

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Current as of: November 22, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Femi Olatunbosun MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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