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Online Support Communities Could Be Your Lifeline

Does your struggle with infertility leave you feeling isolated?  Do you ever wish you had someone to whom you could vent about the insensitive thing your mother-in-law said about deserving grandchildren?  Or would you like someone who has “been there and done that” to ask for advice about how to talk to your doctor?  Wouldn’t it be nice to share updates about your IVF with people who understand, but won’t give you awkward sad stares if it’s unsuccessful?  Sometimes it’s just fun to compare what song you’ve adopted as your “Infertility Anthem” with people who share a common experience.

Online support communities can be your lifeline when you need to reach out to people who understand what you are going through.

If you prefer privacy or even anonymity, an online community may be a good option for you.  The most popular online community in South Africa is Fertilicare. To participate, you must register with the site and either use your name or select an alias.

When you join Fertilicare, you can log in and start or join a discussion at any time.  Community members share their beta results, compare notes about Lupron and ask for advice about egg donors, to list just a few examples.  This is an informed community seeking support and sharing detailed information, so expect a variety of robust discussions about all aspects of infertility.

Coping in the Internet Age

Online communities are a wonderful resource to help you know that you are not alone in your family building journey.  Online communities serve a different purpose than in person support.  Nothing can replace face-to-face human interaction with a support group, family building professional or mental heath professional.  Medical advice should come from your team of medical professionals.

– Content curtesy of Resolve (adapted)

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