Social media – is it helpful?

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For many of those with fertility problems, social media has become a key source of information and support, but is that a good thing? There’s quite an interesting article in the British Medical Journal on the subject which you can find here¬†(and you can sign up for a free trial for 14 days to access the whole thing).

It is written for medical professionals but is still of interest to patients – one of the points it raises is about concerns that social media may be used to offer “dangerous or unsuitable remedies”. It’s an interesting issue as I know how many times I delete what are apparently “comments” on this blog that are actually people advertising their businesses for fertility patients. One clinic overseas was attempting to post promotional comments¬†on a daily basis at one point – personally, I’d be worried about any clinic that needed to advertise itself in that way (and just to reassure you, I’ve yet to come across anyone who has visited the country for treatment let alone the clinic). Having been an administrator for another fertility group online, I saw how often posts were reported and then deleted because they weren’t from fellow fertility patients but from people offering miracle cures or promoting their businesses.

Despite all this, I think social media can be incredibly helpful and can provide support that may be difficult to find elsewhere – particularly with a problem like fertility which it can be hard to talk about – and that the problems outweigh the negatives – but I’d be interested to know what you think too so feel free to post your comments (but beware, I will delete anything that is promotional…)