One of the worst things about infertility is the isolation that it brings – if your friends and colleagues all seem to be getting pregnant and having babies, you may feel you are part of a shrinking circle of people without children. You may start to find that when you go out with a group of your friends, the conversation soon turns to birth plans or weaning – not only do you not have anything to say, it’s also yet another reminder that you don’t have what you most want.
How to combat isolation
One of the best ways to deal with this sense of loneliness is to get together with other people who are going through similar experiences and who will understand exactly how you feel. You may want to do this through an online forum, such as Infertility Network UK‘s Health Unlocked or Fertility Friends, or you may want to actually meet up with other people – and again Infertility Network UK can help with get-togethers across the country.
You may be surprised how much difference it can make to talk to other people and share experiences – and this kind of support can give you strength and resolve as you go through tests and treatment. There’s nothing to lose by giving it a try, and everything to gain. You can find a list of free get-togethers around the UK here