In National Fertility Awareness Week, we take a look at the benefit of support groups for those faced with fertility issues:
Infertility and the treatment needed to overcome this can be an extremely stressful experience. Joining a support group can be a useful way to help overcome and deal with some of the distress and feelings of isolation that can occur. Support groups can take various different forms – such as online internet forums or meetings by Skype, but at RHG we also offer face to face group meetings facilitated by our Senior Counsellor and Patient Support Lead, Sandra Bateman.
Meeting other people going through similar experiences can be beneficial in helping patients to understand that they are not alone in experiencing feelings of sadness, anger or frustration at their situation. This can be especially helpful for those who may not be able to, or wish to, talk about their fertility or IVF struggles with their friends, family or colleagues.
The group is somewhere where patients can express both positive and negative emotions in a confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere.
New friendships may be forged through the mutual support process and there is also a sharing of knowledge and information.
If you are interested in finding out more about RHG’s support group please contact Sandra directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.