Managing Emotions & Support Groups

Understanding the emotional hurdles that may arise and learning how others have overcome them can help you remain positive throughout your fertility journey.

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Most importantly, know that you’re not in this alone. Review advice from others and discover all of the incredibly helpful support groups already in place.

Common Advice

Other couples who’ve gone through fertility treatment have a lot of advice to share. Many talk about the importance of:
  • Understanding how each treatment stage works and how long it could take
  • Making preparations to help you balance your life with a fertility treatment schedule
  • Planning ahead to ensure you can take medication at proper times
  • Being prepared for what many women describe as “waiting to know,” which is the gap between periods while hoping to get pregnant
  • Sharing your concerns with others who’ve struggled with the same issues
  • Understanding the treatment timeframe to help decide if and when it’s time to try an alternative
  • Planning ahead to help you and your partner make personal decisions during an emotional phase more easily
  • Creating a personalized fertility plan to help put the medical, emotional, and financial aspects of your treatments into perspective
  • Recognizing that intense emotions can sometimes get in the way of rational thinking

If you and your partner become concerned about your progress during treatment, talk to your fertility specialist.


Infertility Support Groups

The following organizations can provide you and your partner with support and patient advocacy:

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) is dedicated to the advancement of the science and practice reproductive of medicine. It provides a forum for the public, researchers, physicians, and affiliated health workers through education, publications, and meetings.

Visit www.ASRM.org for more information.

The CADE Foundation

The Tinina Q. Cade Foundation (TQCF) is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of families battling infertility. Through education and outreach, it supports families struggling with infertility, and strives to educate outside communities about relevant and related issues. In addition, the TQCF also provides financial assistance to families pursuing infertility treatment or domestic adoption through the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation Family Building Grant. This dual approach distinguishes the foundation as the only organization of its kind in the nation.

Visit www.cadefoundation.org for more information.

Fertility for Colored Girls (FFCG)

Fertility for Colored Girls — FFCG — provides education, awareness, support, and encouragement to African American women/couples and other women of color experiencing infertility and seeking to build the families of their dreams. Additionally, FFCG seeks to empower African American women.

Visit www.fertilityforcoloredgirls.org for more information.

Fertile Action

Fertile Action is a cancer charity working to ensure fertile women touched by the disease can become mothers. Specifically, they educate, advocate, support, and provide financial aid.

Visit www.fertileaction.org for more information.

Fertility Neighborhood

Fertility Neighborhood is an educational resource developed by the Freedom Fertility Pharmacy. Fertility Neighborhood provides information concerning many aspects of infertility and an active message board where people experiencing difficulty getting pregnant can interact. Supported by the Freedom Fertility Pharmacy, Fertility Neighborhood ensures fertility patients receive timely medication at cost savings and provides around-the-clock, toll-free telephone answers to questions related to reproductive health.

Visit www.fertilityneighborhood.com for more information.

Freedom Fertility

Freedom Fertility Pharmacy™ specializes in the delivery of infertility medication, superior customer service, and patient support. The company features a specialized focus that makes it a leading fertility pharmacy with the expertise and understanding to meet patient needs.

Visit www.freedomfertility.com for more information.

The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination, Inc. (INCIID)

The InterNational Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID – pronounced “inside”) is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals and couples explore their family-building options. INCIID provides current information and immediate support regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infertility and pregnancy loss, and offers guidance to those considering adoption or childfree lifestyles.

In April of 2004, INCIID launched the first and only National IVF Scholarship Program for those who have medical need for IVF but who are without financial resources and insurance making the procedure out of their reach. Find out more about the scholarship.

Visit www.INCIID.org for more information.

The Oncofertility Consortium

The Oncofertility Consortium is a nationwide initiative that was developed by Dr. Teresa Woodruff to address the complex health care and quality-of-life issues that young cancer patients face. Led by Northwestern University researchers, the group consists of a network of doctors, scientists, and scholars dedicated to the advancement of technologies that will provide improved fertility preservation options for people diagnosed with cancer (and other serious diseases) who must undergo treatments that threaten their fertility.

Visit www.myoncofertility.org for more information.

Path2Parenthood (P2P)

Path2Parenthood (P2P) is an inclusive organization committed to helping people create their families of choice by providing leading-edge outreach programs and timely educational information. The scope of its work encompasses reproductive health, infertility prevention and treatment, and family-building options including adoption and third party solutions. P2P is a national, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in New York City.

Visit www.path2parenthood.com for more information.

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association

This non-profit organization promotes reproductive health and ensures equal access to all family-building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. In addition, RESOLVE provides free support groups nationwide. Their mission is to provide timely, compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy.

Visit www.resolve.org for more information.

Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR)

The Society for the Study of Male Reproduction’s (SSMR) purpose is to encourage the study, to evaluate the practice, and to improve the quality of care of the subfertile male through its members’ abilities to identify existing and emerging issues in the field.

Visit www.ssmr.org for more information.

Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) mission is to raise funds to accelerate the pace of groundbreaking translational research that can get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

SU2C brings together the best and the brightest researchers and mandates collaboration among the cancer community. By galvanizing the entertainment industry, SU2C has set out to generate awareness, educate the public on cancer prevention, and help more people diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors.

Visit www.standup2cancer.org for more information.

WEGO Health

The WEGO Health Infertility Community is the home of Health Activists – vigorous advocates, avid connectors, daily contributors, and social media opinion leaders – dedicated to empowering women on their infertility journey. WEGO HealthActivists learn from each other, share opinions with health companies, and gain special access to experts, tools, and events.

Visit www.wegohealth.com for more information.

Baby Quest Foundation

Baby Quest Foundation provides financial assistance to those who cannot afford the high costs of procedures such as egg and sperm donation, egg freezing, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, embryo donation, and gestational surrogacy.

Visit www.babyquestfoundation.org for more information.

Men Having Babies (MHB)

Men Having Babies, Inc. offers unbiased surrogacy parenting advice and support for gay men worldwide. MHB provides educational and practical information to assist gay prospective parents achieve biological parenting. MHB also promotes the affordability of surrogacy related services for gay men through financial assistance and the encouragement of transparency and customer feedback.

Visit www.menhavingbabies.org for more information.

LIVESTRONG FERTILITY

LIVESTRONG Fertility is dedicated to providing reproductive information and financial support to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.

If you have fertility-related questions or would like more information regarding the Livestrong Foundation’s Fertility Discount Program, please go to www.livestrong.org/fertility.

EMD Serono is the sole donor of fertility medication to oncology patients in need through the Livestrong Fertility Discount Program. Since 2004, over 4,200 patients have received donations totaling more than $17 million worth of medication.

Visit www.livestrong.org for more information.

Many fertility clinics can answer any questions you and your partner may have about your fertility, help support you though the stages of your fertility treatment journey, and let you know about the fertility resources available to you.

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