Where to Turn for Infertility Support

Infertility Support Groups

One thing's for sure: If you have a problem, you're never alone. You just need to find others who are on that similar journey.

Infertility isn't an uncommon problem, and support groups are available around the country. There is a variety of groups: groups for women, for men, for couples and for people with a specific diagnosis. For example, a woman with endometriosis who's trying to conceive may want to find a group of women with the same concerns. Couples who are trying to conceive through a specific type of assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or with an egg or sperm donor can share their experiences as well as seek or offer advice with others in a group specific to their needs.

Support groups aren't only for sharing the up and down emotions that often come along with infertility, though. These groups can also help as a resource. Considering a certain test or procedure? It's unlikely you're the first to ever do so -- speak up and your support group peers may have advice to offer, even if it's just a reminder to take a few pain relievers beforehand.

For those who don't live near a relevant support group, or who prefer their support online, there are many online sites, groups and message board communities dedicated to fertility. No matter how big or small, virtual or at your local coffee shop, the people you meet in your infertility support group often become lifelong friends.

Infertility is not only an emotional burden, but a financial one, as well. Next, let's look at the financial support available for infertility treatments.