We can gather all the expert fertility advice, read all the books (click here to read our recommended books about fertility) and Google until we turn cross eyed but sometimes, sharing experiences with someone who’s been there is more comforting. An Instagram follower commented how she loves the shared experiences Fertility Help Hub provides: “[FHH helps with] not feeling so lonely – learning off each other – helping others through our own journeys”.
Another follower echoed these sentiments: “It makes me know I’m not alone and we can all help each other.” Of course, fertility counselling and fertility clinic support can help us navigate the rollercoaster of emotions during fertility treatment, yet speaking with someone in a community can help us realise it’s okay (and not uncommon) to feel angry, disappointed, thrilled, hopeful and depressed all at the same time. For one follower, our community “Makes [her] feel less alone and normalizes all the confusing emotions around infertility.”
The journey of infertility certainly can be a confusing road – both in terms of medical terminology as well as making sense of our experiences. When we walk together, the journey seems a little easier. “[FHH] helps to see that I’m not the only one and that there’s a community available. None of us are alone.”
Another follower said the community makes her “feel less alone. Support, advice, tips from experienced IVFers. They get me.” Feeling seen, heard and understood adds to our sense of belonging in an otherwise isolating journey. In fact, a different follower responded: “I think that’s the most important part: that we can share and feel understood.”