Thursday, February 24, 2011

Chances of Conception Increase with Involvement in an Infertility Support Group

There seems to be an increase in the number of public figures who are acknowledging their own personal experience with infertility (Courtney Cox-Arquette, Nicole Kidman, Giuliana Rancic, etc.).  Infertility cannot be exclusively connected to one set of factors such as socio-economic status, race, BMI, etc. and the reality is, there are couples all around us every day who are quietly dealing with the pain associated with this issue.  This morning, on NBC's The Today Show, a FOX news anchor-Alisyn Camerota shared openly and honestly about her raw emotions from her journey through infertility and how she benefited from making connections with other women having similar experiences.

The Harvard Medical School has done a study indicating that a woman's chances of conceiving improve by more than 50% with involvement in an infertility support group.  This is certainly encouraging news and provides hope to many women who may feel very hopeless.  Some churches offer faith-based, peer-led support groups through women's ministries and your physician may be aware of support networks in your area.  Resolve, The National Infertility Association, offers a wide range of information and links to find a support group , connect with an online forum & even provides directions for how to go about starting a support group in your area.     

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