For many, infertility can be an emotionally exhausting journey lasting months and for some, years. Eventually, moving on to a fertility clinic is the necessary next step in diagnosing and possibly even going forward with treatment such as IUI or IVF. Finally getting the chance to be proactive in working towards a solution is relieving with a new sense of hope. But it can also bring on a tremendous amount of added stress.
The financial burden that comes with the cost of treatments or the emotional rollercoaster caused by taking hormones, is overwhelming in of itself. But added with the global pandemic we have found ourselves in, adds another layer. While we find ourselves still in the thick of Covid-19, many of those on the infertility journey are reluctant to move forward with infertility treatment. It’s because we are feeling uncomfortable pursuing at this time, or simply just feeling the pressure in it not being an option as of right now. The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly added more strain on an already stressful journey to be on.
While infertility has always been a topic not widely talked about, things are changing. Women are finding themselves amongst a group that share in the same worries, hopes and dreams as them thus, encouraging them to share their story too. Those trying to conceive are now much more likely to find the support that they need while they push through the process.
At RMA of Michigan, we understand that our patients may need and seek additional support as they go through fertility treatment.
Earlier this year, RMA was thrilled to have had the opportunity to partner with a local Detroit infertility support and non-profit group. A former patient of RMA of Michigan, Lauren Clements, founded Chosen Infertility Group and strives to help others struggling with infertility by providing community, support & education. Monthly support socials via Zoom allow those seeking additional support the comfort of their own home and a way to connect with those sharing in the same journey. Most are offered on Thursday or Friday evenings at 7:30pm and often host a guest speaker to shed more light on important topics- such as acupuncture or diet.
Wondering if you’ll fit in? Those that have started their journey, are all too well-accustomed to it or hold their own success story are welcomed. Women facing IUI, IVF, surrogacy, secondary infertility or seeking donors have all contributed in more ways than one and have not only helped raise awareness but reminded us all- we’re not alone. No one is excluded- not even men! Infertility is hard on all those involved and providing support for all males involved has not been unheeded.
Make some friends, get support and advice. We’re better together. Visit choseninfertility.com to learn more and follow them on Facebook & Instagram @Choseninfertility.
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