Are you riding the infertility roller coaster? Have you and your husband recently been diagnosed with infertility? Are you looking for advice on how to cope with being unable to conceive? Does the thought of going to another baby shower or learning a friend is pregnant make you nauseous? Do you wish you had friends who understood your pain, frustration and sadness that comes with infertility?
That’s what online infertility support groups are for! Although “real life” support is ideal, online infertility support groups can be a tremendous help through the ups and downs of infertility. Other women experiencing the same feelings, situations and issues might provide comfort, as well as advice and resources. Here are some of the best online support groups for infertility.
Infertility Support Group #1: Hannah’s Prayer Ministries
I have found Hannah’s Prayer to be the #1 online resource for women facing infertility. It is Christian-based and full of other Christian women who “get it” and understand the challenges of infertility. Whether you’ve just recently been diagnosed with infertility, or have been coping with it for many years, you can find camaraderie, advice and fun fellowship.
The forum has separate “mini groups” within the group. There are separate areas for PCOS, endometriosis, male factor infertility, primary infertility, secondary infertility, long-term infertility, members who are over forty, members who are going through infertility treatments such as IVF, adoption, international adoption, embryo adoption and much more. There is an activity “Life Outside Infertility” group, as well as an area for recipes, marriage talk, and weight loss support. Hannah’s prayer also has a group for women who are pregnant after infertility and a group for moms raising children.
I highly recommend Hannah’s Prayer to any Christian women (or even non-Christian women) who are seeking support through the trials of infertility. It is a moderated Christian forum and does have rules and guidelines to follow, visit the site for more details. It was incredibly helpful during my infertility trials, and continues to be a supportive site for me.
It was founded by Jennifer (Jenni) Saake, author of Hannah’s Hope: Seeking God’s Heart in the Midst of Infertility, Miscarriage and Adoption Loss.. in 2001, another online infertility group, Ladies in Waiting created by Julie Donahue, was incorporated into the group. The group continues to grow and they even hold a yearly retreats and occasionally mini-retreats.
If you are facing the trials of infertility, Hannah’s Prayer might be an outstanding resource for you. Check it today!
Infertility Support Group #2: Stepping Stones Infertility Forum
Another excellent resource for women facing infertility is Bethany.org’s Stepping Stones Infertility Forum. It is also Christian-based, though non Christian women (who follow the guidelines) can join as well. If you’re needing support and advice for coping with ovulatory disorders, fertility testing, miscarriage or more, you can find it on the forum. They have areas for adoption, relationships, and more as well. It is not as active as Hannah’s Prayer, but it is still worth joining and checking out.
Infertility Support Group #3 Fertility Community
Another top-notch website for women experiencing Fertility is Fertility Community. It has a very active and friendly group. They have general infertility support, as well as support through treatments, adoption support, pregnancy loss support, a “cycle buddies” area and more. The site does have lots of ads, but they don’t seem to get in the way. Fertility community is another site that I encourage any women experiencing infertility to check out.
Infertility Support Group #4: Fertile Thoughts
Another online support forum that is worth visiting is Fertile Thoughts. It is sponsored by fertility related businesses and do have ads, but it is very active and can be very helpful to someone who is infertile. It has sections for everything from alternative infertility treatment to fibroids to endometriosis to financing infertility treatment. There are even sections for husbands and aunts and uncles to talk about infertility. There is also a board for women over 35, and a section for women over 40. I highly encourage anyone facing infertility to visit Fertile Thoughts.
Infertility Support Group #5: iVillage’s Infertility Support Board
An additional board for women struggling with infertility is on iVillage. It is not as thorough as other groups, but you can still find some support and online friends to lean on. It has a very active group of members. If you have a question on everything from the cost of infertility meds to recommended fertility specialists, you can ask here. (Remember to use your doctor for medical advice.)
Infertility Support Group #6: Fertility Friend Message Boards
I hesitated adding this one, because there is a small fee for joining, but it is a fantastic source for women trying to conceive with fertility issues. The Fertility Friend web site has an online community of women having difficulty conceiving. You can find help on a variety of fertility problems, can share your temperature charts, review charts of other women who have successfully conceived an more. I personally do feel that the fee is worth it, but only if you chart. It is worth looking into if you are having fertility difficulties.
If you are looking for a real-life infertility support group, please read “How to Start an Infertility Support Group.”
Infertility can be heartbreaking for any women to endure. Support through an online network of friends who have “been there” can be a significant help in helping women cope with the pain. Infertility is not easy, but having a “listening ear” can make a difference. If you are having infertility problems, try joining an online group today.