Treatment alternatives

The desire to start a family can be all consuming and, when it proves to be difficult or impossible, distressing and even crushing.

Infertility brings with it fierce emotions, for you as an individual, a couple and potentially for your extended family and support network.

The decision to seek an alternative to infertility treatment can be made at any stage from prior to embarking on a course of treatment to after unsuccessful treatment.

There are a number of options open to you and a wide variety of groups available to provide in depth guidance and support. Listed below are some of the alternatives and some places to look for more information.


There will be many questions answered and issues to be resolved before pursuing the option of becoming an adoptive parent. But there is no doubt that it will change your life completely. Just as you did when looking into the options available to you in terms of fertility treatment and the issues which surround it, so too will you have an enormous desire for information and guidance on adoption.

There are many organisations and agencies available, both in the UK and beyond, which can offer the support you will need. A selection has been listed below to allow you to begin your search.

Adoption Information Line
Adoption Today
British Agencies For Adopting & Fostering


Foster carers have the potential to make a positive impact on the life of a child or young person. Caring for them at a time when, often due to a family crisis, their own parents can't. Foster carers have to support children at a time when it is so desperately needed.

All councils run foster care services and there are many organisations to whom potential foster carers can go for advice.

British Agencies For Adopting & Fostering