The internet is a beautiful thing, especially for someone suffering with infertility.
I personally belong to six different private primary and secondary infertility groups on Facebook. And because members are from all over the world, a compassionate ear is always available. For me, posting to one of these groups is the safest place to share the frustration, heartache and confusion that comes with fertility. No question is ever too out there or too personal and I never feel out of line or like I'm alone in this fight. Plus, there is something really fabulous about being in your pajamas in the comfort of your own home baring your soul.
Online infertility support groups are available as email lists, newsgroups, chat rooms, blogs and social networking sites. Here is a list of some of the more popular sites:
One of the first things I noticed when visiting these online groups were the acronyms, abbreviations and slang. It was very confusing to follow along and I still find it overwhelming. When all else fails, just ask, but to help get you started, in alphabetical order, here is a list of a few commonly-used acronyms:
Online support can be key to your infertility journey. Sharing your feelings with other women experiencing the same situations and issues you have might provide exactly the comfort you need, as well as advice and resources.
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