You can find good infertility information in fertility clinics and books — and even the internet! These tips for finding fertility information online will help you recognize the most effective and helpful infertility blogs, fertility websites, and pregnancy forums.
“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 And Inspire. “Be sure you check any information you are given with an appropriate professional or a trusted and knowledgeable confidant.”
If you know you can’t get pregnant, you may find The Empty Picture Frame: An Inconceivable Journey Through Infertility helpful. And here are six tips for men and women who can’t have children…
Infertility Support – 6 Tips for Finding Fertility Information Online
1. Double check all “tips for getting pregnant” and “natural ways to conceive a baby.” If you find interesting fertility information — such as fertility supplements that help you get pregnant — do your research before investing in the product! Find people who have tried it — ask about it on fertility forums and infertility blogs. Talk to your doctor, infertility specialist, or naturopath. Don’t believe everything you hear – but be open to hearing everything! If you’re looking for a fertility clinic or doctor, ask for a referral. The reputable, trustworthy organizations are happy to connect you with patients they’ve treated.
2. Remember that anything “guaranteed to get you pregnant” is misleading. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees to getting pregnant or overcoming infertility! If an online source of fertility information or a fertility clinic guarantees you’ll get pregnant, proceed with caution.
3. Find infertility support on fertility or pregnancy forums, but be cautious. “There are a lot of people doing a lot of risky things to get pregnant,” says Toronoto-based acupuncturist Nancy Winlove-Smith. “Every client I see is different. Everyone has different anatomical considerations and individual sensitivities to hormones, drugs and infertility treatment plans. What worked for someone else may not work for you. Consider alternative treatments (such as fertility yoga or acupuncture for infertility), but do your own research. Visit a professional, certified naturopath who is educated and experienced.” Before trying anything to get pregnant, check with your doctor or a respected, physician-approved fertility website.
4. Research carefully before buying fertility products online. “Adulteration with pharmaceuticals, expired plant material, wrong species material, and heavy metals have been found in 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 later that 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 and supplements are good and effective — but you need to do your research first! An in-person infertility support group and a fertility doctor are great sources of information.
5. Don’t be overly influenced by the online success rates of fertility clinics. When you’re finding fertility information online, remember that statistics and pregnancy rates can be misleading. Some fertility clinics only treat women who have a strong chance of getting pregnant, and don’t count certain factors in their statistics. “Fertility clinics 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 getting pregnant.”
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.
Good Sources of Online Health Information
- National Institute of Health
- Reuters Health
- The Merck Manual Online
- Mayo Clinic
These major health websites don’t specialize in fertility or infertility, but they’re reputable sources of general health information. They can be an effective “testing ground” for online fertility information.