Finding good websites about fertility, getting pregnant, and coping with infertility can be difficult, because the internet can be a swamp of misinformation! To help, here are six ways to find good websites for conceiving a baby, with input from acupuncturist Nancy Winlove-Smith.
Before the tips, a quip:
“People are well aware that infertility is a very painful situation and some may try to take advantage of people coping with this situation,” writes Iris Waichler in Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate & Inspire. “Be sure you check any information you are given with an appropriate professional or a trusted and knowledgeable confidant.”
If you’re a coping with infertility, read Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate And Inspire for information about fertility treatments. And here are six tips on finding good web sites for getting pregnant on the internet…
How to Find Good Websites About Getting Pregnant and Fertility
1. Don’t be influenced by fertility or pregnancy forums. “There are a lot of people doing a lot of risky things to get pregnant,” says Winlove-Smith. “Every client I see is different. Everyone has different anatomical considerations and individual sensitivities to hormones, drugs and treatment plans. What worked for someone else is not going to necessarily work for you. Consider alternative treatments (such as fertility yoga), but do your own research – find an in-person professional who has expertise, not just a good web site about pregnancy. If you can’t get an answer that makes sense, it may be a waste of money or compromise your health. ” Before trying anything to get pregnant, check with your doctor or a respected, physician-approved fertility website.
2. Research carefully before buying fertility products off the Internet. “Adulteration with pharmaceuticals, expired plant material, wrong species material, and heavy metals have been found in lots of foreign manufactured products,” says Winlove-Smith. “You could be taking drugs, or ingesting melamine or toxic plant parts all of which could affect a developing fetus. It’s just not worth the risk. You might get pregnant and find out six years from now your child has a severe health condition or learning disability. How will you know if the “mystery” herbs were not the cause?” Some fertility products are helpful and healthy, but you need to do your research first!
3. Don’t be overly influenced by success rates posted by fertility clinics. “They don’t always post if acupuncture was also used, especially if they have a “secret” cocktail they are using to enhance fertility,” says Winlove-Smith. “Clinics have become big business, and are becoming competitive as more couples seek help with getting pregnant. It’s ‘buyer beware’ when you are deciding on a clinic based on the web site.”
4. Remember that anything that is “guaranteed to get you pregnant” is misleading. There are no guarantees to getting pregnant or overcoming infertility! If the fertility website or clinic guarantees you’ll get pregnant, proceed with caution.
5. Research all tips for getting pregnant. If you’re curious about a particular fertility clinic or treatment, or if you found a “good” tip for getting pregnant on a web site, find people who’ve tried it. Poke around infertility message boards or pregnancy forums, and ask your own questions. Don’t believe everything you hear – but be open to hearing everything. Ask for referrals from fertility clinics or fertility doctors; they should be happy to connect you with people they’ve treated in the past.
6. Double check information about conceiving a baby. Go to the major health or pregnancy web sites and search for specific information about getting pregnant. For instance, if you’ve heard about natural ways to regulate your period, go to a reputable, well-known web site and see if they have the same information.
Reputable Health Websites for Reliable Info About Getting Pregnant and Fertility
- National Institute of Health
- Reuters Health
- The Merck Manual Online
- Mayo Clinic
These major health websites may not have huge amounts of info on, say, acupuncture treatments for infertility (or other types of naturopathic medicine), but it’s important to see if they have any info on various infertility treatments.