How can I get support or talk to others going through something similar?
There are lots of different support groups, from well-established national networks to informal coffee groups and online forums. These are just a selection of what’s on offer so check to see what’s in your local area.
Childlessness Overcome Through Surrogacy
COTS provide advice, help and support to surrogates and would-be parents.
The Daisy Network
The Daisy Network is a registered charity supporting women who have experienced a premature menopause.
Donor Conception Network
The Donor Conception Network supports families with children conceived with donated sperm, eggs or embryos; those considering or undergoing donor conception procedures; and donor conceived people.
Endometriosis UK helps women with endometriosis to take back control by providing vital support services, reliable information and a community for those affected by endometriosis. Call their free helpline, find a support group in your area or join a support group online.
Fertility Friends is the leading infertility community in the UK. It has a busy online forum where you can ask a specific question to other users, or get information and advice on a range of issues.
Fertility Network UK
Infertility Network UK is the UK's leading charity providing information, support and advice to all those struggling to conceive. They have a free helpline open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays where you can speak to a trained nurse in confidence. They also run support groups across the UK where you can chat to others who are struggling to conceive or are unable to have children.
The HIMfertility campaign has been set up by comedian, Rhod Gilbert, to encourage men to talk about fertility problems and signpost them and their partners to much-needed support.
The Miscarriage Association
The Miscarriage Association is a national charity helping people to understand and cope with any kind of pregnancy loss. They have information on everything from finding ways to mark your loss to when to start trying again. They also have a helpline from Monday to Friday if you just need to talk.
Men's Health Forum
An organisation working to improve the health of both men and boys. It has information and an online community where men can talk anonymously about any health issue.
Mumsnet may be one of the UK’s largest websites for parents, but it also has very active message boards on topics including trying to conceive, miscarriage and infertility. It’s a great place to ask your own questions, or just browse what other mums are talking about.
The National Gamete Donation Trust
The National Gamete Donation Trust has clear and practical information about donating and receiving eggs, sperm and embryos in the UK. They have a huge range of information and a confidential helpline.
Ovacome is the ovarian cancer support charity. They offer information and advice on ovarian cancer, free telephone support from a trained nurse and an online community where you can read blogs, ask questions and more.
Relate is the UK's largest provider of relationship support. Every year they help over a million people of all ages, backgrounds and sexual orientations to strengthen their relationships. They have a free Live Chat where you can talk to a counsellor online as well as email and telephone options.
Stonewall is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality, working to create a world where every single person can be accepted without exception. They have excellent, downloadable guides for gay men and lesbians who are looking to start a family.
Surrogacy UK is a leading not-for-profit organisation where people who want to become parents and surrogate mothers can meet. They also have lots of useful information and stories from people who realised their dreams of becoming parents through surrogacy.
Verity is the UK charity for women whose lives are affected by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). You can download information booklets and chat to others in their discussion forum.