Finding the Needle in the Haystack- Reliable, Helpful Information
Have you ever wanted to know more about fertility treatment options and not known which resources were the most reliable?
To say there's a ton of information out there is not precisely accurate, but to say there are millions of websites out there offering advice is more than accurate, it's likely an understatement.
What Information Are You Looking For?Discerning which websites have agendas, expertise and backgrounds that work within your own belief system is one of the first aspects that you should consider before reading any further on any particular website. One thing that is certain, one can find a website, even with fertility, that supports a specific point of view if one looks long enough.
So first, what do you want to know? Do you have a question or are you looking to confirm what you already think? Are you looking for conventional information? Are you looking for medically based information? Are you looking for alternative information?
Who do you trust to give you answers? Are you looking for medically based websites? Are you OK with pharmaceutical company backed websites? Are you only interested in .orgs and do you realize that those sites are now available for purchase and don't meet the same criteria that they used to? Does a website that ends in .gov mean more respectability or less?
How much of the website needs to contain information on just the subject that you are interested in? Is it OK with you if it's only a small part?
Who Do You Trust?
What types of expertise do you want to see represented on the website you are investigating? Some examples; MD- Medical Doctor, RN- Registered Nurse, PhD- Doctor of Philosophy, Mental Health Professional- PhD, Psyd, LCSW, LMT, DO- Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, ND- Naturopathic Doctor, PA- Physician's Assistant, NP- Nurse Practitioner, Acupuncturist, Pharmacist,
Integrative Health Specialist, Nutritionist, Dietician, Exercise Physiologist, Reiki Master, Homeopathic Doctor, Hypnotherapist, Pharmacologist, Massage Therapist, Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reflexologist.
These are but a few of the types of practitioners that provide information on websites. Who you trust and what type of medicine or health practices you believe in is entirely subjective. In any given modality, though, there are generally organizations that offer some type of accreditation. That can give you a level of confidence as you do your research.
Check "About Us" to see who it is who's being represented on the website. There's no point in wasting your precious time. If you're not open to reading information being offered by a certain type of practitioner, then check "About Us" and move on.
Trustworthy Infertility Resources
With infertility, there are three main medical organizations that you can start with- SART (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology), ASRM (The American Society of Reproductive Medicine) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control). Each of these three organizations have extensive information on infertility- SART and ASRM are devoted completely to the topic.
There are also patient, not for profit organizations specific to infertility- RESOLVE- The National Infertility Association, Path2Parenthood(formerly The American Fertility Association), INCIID (The International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination).
Consider a style of health care that you would not normally be open to. Look into it more deeply, see what it's all about.
That's real learning- being open to new information.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.