Are you coping with fertility problems? You're not alone.
Infertility is more common than you may think. A recent study shows that 11.5% to 15.7% of Canadian couples have infertility. If you look around at the couples you know, that means that almost 1 in 6 of them are having issues with fertility. They may be going through a similar situation as you.
During this time, it's important that you don't become isolated. What you are going through can affect you in many ways and how you cope with it depends on your personality and personal experiences. However, most people can benefit from the support of others. Seek help:
- Talk to family and friends with whom you feel comfortable with. You'll be surprised at how supportive they can be.
- Find a fertility support group, such as the online forum IVF.ca or the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada. Online forums give you the opportunity to discuss issues you are going through and to see how others coped with them. You can learn a lot from other couples' experiences. This is a good option if you do not feel comfortable revealing who you are; online forums allow for anonymity.
- You should consider seeking help at a fertility clinic (find a fertility clinic near you), which has a team of professionals, including nurses and counsellors, whom you can rely on for help and support. Fertility clinics may also offer group support meetings, where you can meet with other couples who have fertility problems. Learn more about finding the right fertility clinic for you.
Remember that you are not alone and there are others out there who are like you, also seeking support and help for infertility.
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