INFERTILITY SUPPORT GROUP SWINDON
ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS CONCEIVING?
DO YOU THINK NO-ONE UNDERSTANDS HOW YOU FEEL?
DO YOU FEEL ISOLATED AND HOPELESS?
There is a huge lack of awareness and understanding of the emotional impact by anyone who hasn’t been through it
The only people who can truly empathize are those who have experienced the struggle themselves
YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO STRUGGLE ALONE!
INFERTILITY SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE!
We know from research that support groups can help people with just about any health problem to feel better (Domar, 2002)
People are often really private about having fertility problems and they haven’t told anyone else about the issue
When you attend a support group you may, for the first time ever, find yourself in a room full of people who:-
All know how it feels not to be able to get pregnant
All understand the mixed emotions when a friend announces she is expecting a baby
All dread those questions about when you are going to get round to starting a family
A Support Group provides an environment of safety and acceptance where you can:-
Learn Skills and Resources to Empower Yourself
Share Your Experiences
Discuss Advice You Have Been Given
The simple act of coming together can feel as though a huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders!
Effects of Infertility
Depression – Women struggling with infertility experience the same level of depression as women with cancer, HIV and heart disease, 42% having felt suicidal at some point.
Low Self-Confidence – People being told that they are “infertile” affects the way they feel about themselves and may make them question their value and worth.
Relationships – The pressures of trying to conceive may affect a couple’s relationship emotionally and sexually.
They may even withdraw from friends who are pregnant or have a baby which reduces their social network at a time when they most need the support of friends.
In many cases family members are insensitive or are adding to the pressure of trying to conceive.
Finances – Cuts in spending by Clinical Commissioning Groups for infertility treatments such as IVF means that treatment is available to fewer people.
Couples therefore have to borrow huge sums of money to pay for private treatment and the financial pressure can lead to further stress.
The effects of infertility can cause the mind and/or body to lose it’s natural state of balance and harmony which impacts on fertility.
Alice D. Domar Ph.D, leading expert in mind-body medicine says:-
“ patients who seek emotional support for fertility treatment are often better prepared for their experiences and find it significantly less stressful than patients who do not”.
The face-to-face Support Group is in it’s infancy. It is proposed that the meetings will be held monthly during the evening free of charge and open to anyone (couples or individuals) who are suffering infertility whatever stage they are on their journey.
In the interim join my Infertility Support Group page on Facebook (see button below) where you can read many interesting articles from professionals specializing in infertility.