New support group set up

A SUPPORT group for people affected by infertility is being launched in Lanarkshire.

Infertility Network Scotland is organising a monthly meeting in Motherwell where people can go for information and a chat about the difficulties they are facing when trying to start a family.

The group will provide the opportunity to meet others experiencing similar problems, and a source of ideas and help.

Scottish branch co-ordinator Gwenda Burns said: “One in six couples suffer from the devastating effects of infertility and the pain and distress caused by this cannot be underestimated.

“Infertility sufferers experience many negative emotions but by far the worst is the feeling of isolation.

“People often find it helpful to talk to others and share information and experiences. This can help them to feel more empowered and no longer on their own.”

Infertility Network Scotland is a branch of the national charity Infertility Network UK, which is the country’s leading organisation offering advice and support to those facing fertility problems.

The charity offers a friendly and sympathetic point of contact for people feeling isolated and also campaigns to improve awareness of the issues surrounding infertility and to improve access to treatment.

The Lanarkshire Fertility Support Group will meet on the first Thursday of every month, at Calvary Fellowship, Muir Street, Motherwell, from 7-9pm. For more information contact Gwenda Burns on 01294 279162 or e-mail