Infertility Support Groups: Are They Right for You?
Even though 1 in 8 couples are affected by infertility, it is completely normal to feel alone through the process. Many couples who face infertility choose not to discuss their problems among their peers due to the thought of others not being able to relate or understand. Luckily, there are several forms of support groups and resources that these couples can turn to for help and support.
Infertility support groups allow you to be a part of a group of people going through similar experiences who can offer general support, tips, tricks, information on treatment and procedures such as possible side effects, information about doctors or clinics, a place to just talk about what you are going through, and so much more.
There are two main types of support groups: in-person and online.
If you like the idea of physically being a part of a group, in-person support groups may be the best options for you. While several of these groups are led by a certified counselor, many are peer-led as well. Many experts, such as Jeremy Groll, MD, say that the face-to-face component of in-person support groups is very valuable in building an emotional connection when discussing hardships throughout infertility. This will also allow people to gain a sense of community with people they can physically interact with, lessening the isolation feeling.
For those seeking additional information for in-person support groups in Florida, we have compiled a list of our Top 15 Favorite In-Person Infertility Support Groups in the Florida Area. We will be releasing our Top 15 favorite for Texas and California in the near future – stay tuned!
To some, opening up to a group of strangers may be somewhat overwhelming at first. If this is the case for you, many people alike have joined online support groups – which can even be local to your area! Online support groups can be split into two categories:
Facebook Support Groups
For most of us, Facebook is a platform that we already use often. Conveniently, most of the online support groups use Facebook as their go-to hub. This is an excellent way to be able to be a part of a community and a group but not having the commitment to in-person group meetings – you can have group discussions in the comfort of your own home! Additionally, this is a group that is active all throughout the day, every day. IVF Options has our very own Facebook infertility support group (IVF Options Infertility Support Group).
Traditional Online Support Groups
If you would rather join an online infertility support group that is not on Facebook, consider using sources such as Resolve or The Bump. Both of these platforms offer support groups to people across the nation.
You can even be selective about the online groups that you join – whether this is based on the location, size of the group, down to even the clinic that group members go to. For those seeking additional information for online support groups in the Florida area, we have compiled a list of our Top 5 Favorite Online Infertility Support Groups in the Florida Area and our Top 10 Favorite Online Infertility Support Groups Nationally. We will also be releasing our Top Ten online support groups for Texas and California in the near future!
Support groups have proven over and over again to be very beneficial for those facing infertility.
Whether it’s having a group of people that understand and listen, or just having a group for general information, support groups can be extremely valuable in a variety of ways.
For those who are just beginning their search for a support group, rather than seeing these members as strangers, consider that it is a place where people facing similar hardships are coming together as a family to discuss their stories to the benefit of others.
While support groups certainly benefit some people, they aren’t the right choice for everyone. It is important to do what you think is right for you. However, If you want to give them a try, we are here to help! Knowing that finding the right group is important, we have compiled a list of the best in-person and online support groups in several states: