The topic of infertility is often in the news - from celebrities sharing their personal struggles to the latest medical treatments available to help you have a baby.
Most recently, Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks discussed their own painful experience on their show FABLife. For Teigen, married to musician John Legend, constantly being asked why she doesn't have children has been intrusive. Still, she noted that the minute you open up about having problems getting pregnant, you find out how many other people are also seeing fertility specialists. With the recent news of her pregnancy, she has a happy outcome and lots to talk about.
When famous people discuss their own challenges trying to get pregnant, it can help start a conversation. Ongoing conversations - support beyond a partner or family member - may provide help at a time when you need it most. A support group can help decrease feelings of isolation, offer empowerment through information and help you learn coping skills
Fortunately, there are number of resources available to help you decide if a support group is right for you and if so, to find the right group. Different types of support are available including online forums where you can email anytime of the day to community groups that meet in person and may be led by a professional or a peer. Only you can decide what will work best for you.
Here's how to get started:
● Ask your fertility specialist or clinic about support in the community - they likely have a list of groups
● Ask your health plan or local hospital
● Contact infertility groups such as Resolve: The National Infertility Association
Resolve, a national organization with state groups, has a variety of resources that will help you find a local group or connect online whether you need help to resolve a fertility issue or want support after resolution. They even have a guide to help you start your own group.
Everyone facing infertility deserves attention. Famous or not, everyone could use a little - or a lot - of support on their own fertility journey.