The benefits of counselling during IVF
During IVF most patients’ focus is on the physical side of treatment, sometimes at the expense of the emotional impact this has. Whilst focusing on scans, medication and blood tests, it is easy for patients to forget to take care of their psychological needs. These can be just as important though; IVF is both a physical and emotional upheaval and there are many important and life-changing decisions to be made about a variety of practical and ethical issues.
Most patients would benefit from speaking to a professional about their treatment and the impact this is having on their life. This is not only important for wellbeing but may also be important for treatment outcome; studies have shown that women who take care of their emotional health are more likely to conceive, both naturally and via fertility treatment.
Benefits of counselling include:
- Giving you the opportunity to speak in confidence with somebody who knows what you are going through.
- Enabling you to discuss and fully understand what your treatment involves.
- Providing support to make important decisions.
- Giving you help to think of coping strategies.
Many patients find that counselling is helpful during the initial stages of being diagnosed with infertility and selecting a treatment, as this can be a very overwhelming time. It can also help with closure if a cycle fails or if you decide that treatment options have been exhausted.
Implications counselling is particularly important for patients undergoing donor treatment with donor sperm, eggs or embryos, or patients with surrogacy arrangements. These types of treatment are complicated and can bring up a range of emotions. It is recommended that anyone undergoing donor or surrogacy treatment see a counsellor to decide whether this is the correct decision for you and to discuss the implications for all parties and children born through the treatment.
Here at CREATE we liaise with counsellor Mollie Graneek. Mollie is a fully qualified professional counsellor with a particular interest in assisted reproduction and donor conception. She is on hand to offer counselling sessions to all CREATE patients when required. We also have a patient support co-ordinator Lee Cowden; as a former patient of CREATE’s, Lee is uniquely placed to offer support and guidance to our patients.
If you are an existing patient and would like to book into see a counsellor please call 0330 024 1335 or email the team email provided in your welcome pack.
If you are interested in starting treatment with CREATE Fertility please call us on 0333 240 7300.