Infertility Support Groups: Knowing You Are Not Alone
With many moments in life, support provides an unequivocal sense of comfort and encouragement. Within an infertility journey, support can truly deliver a sense of hope and reassurance against a harsh reality. Whether you are embarking on that journey alone or with a partner, many have turned to support groups to attain a sense of community during a time that can feel quite isolating.
Emotional Support and Security
During difficult times, the best comfort comes from people who can empathize and understand your predicament first-hand. Support groups gather a community of people who understand the inner turmoil of frustration, doubt, and even guilt, many feel in the face of infertility.
Surrounding yourself with a supportive group that will validate your emotions as well as help you analyze the reasoning behind why you may be feeling them, encourages comfort, connection, and emotional context. Empathy from and toward others can help build a sense of peace.
Learning New Coping Mechanisms
Infertility can often lead down unfortunate roads of depression, stress, anxiety, and more. However, with a support group by your side, group leaders and participants can help teach you healthy strategies to tame those overwhelming feelings with therapeutic techniques, self-care methods, mindfulness, and by simply communicating those emotions out loud together for a cathartic release.
Support Can Be Educational
When the path to parenthood becomes interrupted by infertility, it is only natural that doubt and apprehension can cloud hope. However, support groups are a great outlet to turn to for educational resources, which transforms hopelessness into empowerment.
Support groups commonly invite professional guest speakers to lead a group session that could broaden your perspective on infertility by answering questions or expanding on medical details and treatments you may have not been aware of.
Insightful resources can also come in the form of other people’s stories, as everyone has a story to tell. A communal forum of stories and how they differ or relate can further aid in understanding all the underlining and diverse infertility journeys out there. Sharing your own infertility story can be just as helpful to others, as theirs may be for you.
Building a Sense of Community
One of the many beautiful aspects about support groups is the way it can unite people in a collective, judgement free community. People who are joining support groups all have their own experiences with an array of factors such as treatments, doctors, medical histories, and backgrounds. Within the differences in experiences, connections can flourish.
A sense of community can build lasting friendships that venture outside of support group sessions. Forming friendships with others can uplift your anxieties since having a person(s) to turn to when you need that sense of connection and reassurance is a testament that you don’t have to navigate an infertility journey alone.
Support groups are never one size fits all, as they can be quite diverse. There are many free and even remote support groups available which makes it easier to test the waters before finding a group that fits best for you. Infertility is different for everyone, but one thing that will always ring true for all is there are others out there who are ready to strengthen you with support.