TOP 6 NATIONAL INFERTILITY SUPPORT GROUPS
Why infertility support groups online are important
Struggling with infertility can be hard, especially since it isn’t always easy finding people who entirely understand your experiences. Sometimes it can feel like there are very few people you can talk to, this is completely normal. In situations like this, strong support networks are very important for mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that building social connections, especially with those that can understand one another, can protect against poor mental health.
Infertility support groups can help you be a part of a group of people going through similar experiences. In these groups, everyone will understand and listen as they are all collectively joining these groups for the purpose of being supported and supporting others. There are no rules to joining an infertility support group — maybe you want some insights on doctors, information on medication side effects, or have the support that everyone needs; you can join no matter what!
Types of Infertility Support Groups
As previously discussed in, “Infertility Support Groups: Are They Right for You?” we mentioned how there are two types of support groups: Online and In-Person. While there are great benefits to both, for our national list we’ll be sticking to online support groups since they are accessible from anywhere across the country.
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Top 6 Infertility Support Groups
Group Description: “For all those who have been through or are going through IVF to share stories, experiences, thoughts, suggestions etc.The advice in this group is in no way shape or form medical advice, only experiences of the individual. This group is not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any medical problems. The group is not liable for any advice taken out of this group.”
Additional Notes: With just under 40,000 members at the time of this post, this is one of the largest facebook support groups out there. This group averages roughly 200 posts per day, assuring that no matter the subject, you will be able to find it here. Since it was created in 2007 and has been extremely successful, this group has had years to perfect it’s rules and platform to optimize it for the best use possible.
Group Description: “Hello ladies. This is a TTC & Pregnancy Support Group. Everyone is here for the same reason so remember to be respectful of everyone’s feelings. We are not doctors, so remember to consult with your doctor before and during your TTC journey. Message one of the admins if you have any concerns or questions! 💕Baby Dust💕”
Additional Notes: In contrast to IVF Support Group, this group was created just a few years ago in 2018. Since it is much newer, it is also a smaller group standing at 19,000 members with roughly 100 posts per day. For those who are seeking a medium sized group, this would be a great choice.
Platform: The Bump Website
Group Description: “This is a forum for those dealing with infertility and/or undergoing IVF treatment. Because this board is a safe haven, please include “child/pregnancy mentioned” or “siggy warning” in your title or post, if applicable. This is a very emotional time for many so please take the time to read the “New to Infertility” thread for some etiquette before posting.”
Additional Notes: The Bump Infertility Group is one of the most well known and credited support groups for those who are facing infertility. With the ability to start your own thread, it is a great place to ask questions about anything infertility related. Additionally, the Bump offers other resources such as the Infertility Q&A page. This Q&A page allows users to post questions and get answers from fertility specialists and medical professionals from a variety of fertility clinics and organizations.
Platform: The IVF-Infertility Website
Group Description: IVF-Infertility did not offer any forum description.
Additional Notes: Although this forum is somewhat less used than the other resources on this list, it is included due to its great resources and structure. The forum is split into several different sections for organized posts, such as IVF, Pregnant after Treatment, General Discussion, etc. Additionally, the website includes tons of helpful information on several different fertility-related subjects.
Platform: The Daily Strength Website
Group Description: “In vitro fertilization is one of the most common and utilized ways of treating conception problems. This support group is dedicated to those beginning their journey with IVF and needing support. Join the community and share your experiences, advice, and story with people going through similar challenges starting a family.”
Additional Notes: Not only does the Daily Strength offer an Infertility support group, but they also host 30+ other women’s health support and community groups. Their Infertility group, being the largest of all of the Women’s Health groups, stands at 2,621 members at the time of this post.
Platform: The Resolve Website
Group Description: “We are best known for our support communities and programs. We’ve partnered with Inspire, to connect you with people across the country to have real conversations about reproductive health and bring you support whenever, wherever, online.”
Additional Notes: As the description says, Resolve is known for their support groups and community. Resolve offers three different online groups, including Finding a Resolution for Infertility, Living After Infertility Resolution, Living With Childlessness due to Infertility. Additionally, Resolve offers information regarding infertility and a ton of different ways to get involved!
IVF Options Support Group
Group Description: “A safe place for anyone facing infertility.”
Additional Notes: While we may be biased, we love our own national infertility support group that helps patients become more insightful and a part of a group with peers going through similar experiences across the country!
Everyone’s experience facing infertility is different. One thing is common; the loneliness, the urge to talk, and the need for accurate information from people going through similar experiences. This is where these support groups can help – we hope our list of the top 6 national infertility support groups was helpful. Check out our blog category, “Support Groups,” for more information and groups in your area!