Infertility and fertility treatment – seeking information and support

The people we spoke to described seeking both scientific and experience-based information about infertility and fertility treatment from a wide range of sources. Online sources included social media, online forums or groups, webinars, blogs, apps, websites, and YouTube. Off-line, people obtained information from health practitioners, friends or family with similar experiences, printed leaflets, books, scientific research articles, TV programs, information sessions run by organisations such as VARTA, and podcasts. They also talked about reliability and accessibility of the information they found, and commented on gaps they had noticed.

Similarly, people sought support from a diverse range of sources, both informal (e.g., family, friends, colleagues, support groups) and formal (e.g., psychologists, counsellors, other health practitioners, guided support groups). Not all experiences of seeking support were positive, and different forms of support suited different people. Concerns included emotional distress related to being infertile and/or needing to go through fertility treatment, uncertainty about causes and treatments, the impact of infertility on couple relationships, and informing children about how they were conceived.

Seeking information about infertility and fertility treatment

Seeking support during infertility or fertility treatment

Further information

AccessA Options for Connecting – Access Australia

Further Resources – Experiences of Infertility and Fertility Treatment, Healthtalk Australia