‘It became a compulsion’: how fertility forums took over my life (theguardian.com)

‘After years trying for a child without success, I sought solace in online message boards. Before long, I was spending hours a day poring over intimate posts, sharing everything with total strangers. Would it help?’

This feature from the Guardian draws attention to both the value and the pitfalls of fertility (and other) forums when you’re feeling in need of support and information from someone who’s had a similar experience. While it highlights how helpful such anonymous forums can be, it also underlines the dangers of over-reliance and misguided ‘help’, the value of ‘real life’ support and the importance of professional help and advice - for your emotional wellbeing as much as for medical reasons. DC Network offers a range of ways to connect with other members, details of which you can find on our website here and in the ‘handy links’ when you log in.

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