Infertility: Emotional and Social Support
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
Finding a support group that works for you may take time. There are many options. Some groups have a group leader who helps lead discussions or shares information. Others are less formal. Some meet in person, while others meet online.
Try using these resources to help you find the best support group for you.
- Your doctor, health care team, or counselor.
- People with the same health concern.
- Your local church, mosque, synagogue, or other religious group.
- A city, state, or national group that provides support for your health concern. Check your local library or community center for a list of these groups. Or look for information online.
- Your local community, friends, and family.
Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology