The resources available for learning and understanding are endless. It is always a good idea to utilize resources that are accurate, positive, and will help you consider infertility using your value system. Our post about Finding & Discerning Helpful Information will give you some interesting things to think about as you decide what resources to use.
Here are some resources I have always gone back to for additional information and ideas:
Organization and Association Websites
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). When you go to the LDS Church’s website and search for “infertility”, there are several articles that are listed. Here are some I have enjoyed…
LDS Family Services. A non-profit, private organization associated with the LDS Church. They provide counseling services as well as adoption services (both to birth parents and adoptive parents).
The National Infertility Association. A community for women and men with infertility. It provides information and support during the family building journey. The have an outstanding database of information as you are learning about infertility, your options, how to cope, etc.
American Society of Reproductive Medicine. A voluntary, non-profit organization devoted to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive medicine, including infertility, menopause, contraception, and sexuality. Also see the ASRM’s website that educates about ways you can protect your fertility.
The American Fertility Association. The American Fertility Association is committed to preventing infertility whenever possible and to helping people build families, particularly when faced with infertility. I particularly love the back issues of the AFA’s inFocus Professional Journal A tremendous resource!!
Forever Families. Forever Families is sponsored by the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. They provide practical, scholarly, and sacred information for strengthening individuals, marriages and families of all faiths, organized around themes of The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Do a search for “infertility”.
Mayo Clinic. More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you to manage your health. Great resources on various topics relating to infertility.
American Pregnancy Association. The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness. Search for “infertility”.
The FDA (Federal Drug Administration). Search for “infertility”.
Fertility Lifelines™--A free, confidential, educational resource that provides customized information and support to people with fertility health concerns. They provide information about infertility, help understanding insurance coverage, help find fertility specialists, provide support for EMD Serono fertility products, and provide a compassionate support system. Fertility LifeLines™ is provided by EMD Serono, the leader in fertility health.
DrugWatch.com This site is a database which features up-to-date information about the side effects of common prescription and over-the-counter medications to help educate consumers and patients.
2ofus4now.org–An LDS infertility, adoption, and pregnancy loss support network conducted by Kristen Oakes. The website provides a vast amount of information about infertility from and LDS perspective.
SharedJourney–SharedJourney was developed by a team of moms and dads (as well as an experienced team of writers, researchers, designers and programmers). They are committed to providing accurate, up-to-date information on the subjects of infertility and pregnancy. Their community forums are devoted to enabling women to learn about infertility, treatments, and alternatives and to discuss and share their thoughts and hopes in a caring environment.
Come Unity–A community support website with great information to think about. It addresses infertility, treatments, and adoption.
Infertility: Help, Hope, and Healing, by Kerstin Daynes
Empty Womb, Aching Heart: Hope and Help for Those Struggling with Infertility, by Marlo Schalesky
Fertile In Our Faith: Infertility, Pregnancy Loss, Adoption and Filling the Measure of Our Creation, by Krista Ralston-Oakes
Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness: Helping Couples Cope by Beth Cooper-Hilbert
Love and Infertility: Survival Strategies for Balancing Infertility, Marriage, and Life by Kristen Magnacca