Infertility can be an odyssey that can instill many emotional, cultural, moral, and ethical fears in the couple’s mind. People dealing with infertility always tend to rely on the advice of friends and family rather than consulting a fertility expert. Some feel that counseling from fertility is redundant. But the truth is the opposite. Counseling can help people understand their feelings about infertility and the suitable treatment procedure. The counseling gives them an understanding of the treatment choices they make and helps them to curb their insecurities. Fertility counseling is one of the most important steps before deciding on assisted reproductive therapy.

Due to social pressure, females are at the receiving end of all the blame related to infertility. Hence, they are more susceptible to emotional turbulences like low self-esteem, avoidance, anxiety, pessimism, distress, and depression. Therefore, one cannot underestimate the need for psychological counselingduring treatment.

Why is counseling necessary?

Psychological Counseling helps couples to cope with the psychological, social, and financial implications of fertility treatments. It also helps in decision-making regarding fertility treatment and the chances of its success. The counseling can clear the couple’s confusions and questions and help to address the stressful situation with maturity.

Our fertility counselors are experts in understanding the psychological pain points of the couple. They have special training in helping the patients during the process of any fertility treatment.

Counseling can also help the couples decide to try again after a few months if the previous attempt has failed. A counselor can discuss reasons for the failure of the previously attempted treatment with the couple, thus increasing the chances of future success.

A counselor can help patients consider other options like adoption, surrogacy, or sperm donation.

What questions can a counselor ask?

A counselor can ask some questions to understand a couple’s thought process and psychosocial condition

  1. When and how did they know that they cannot have a child naturally?
  2. How do they feel about it?
  3. How do they handle infertility?
  4. How has infertility affected their lives?
  5. What can be the cause of this problem?
  6. Is the family supporting them?
  7. Has infertility affected their relationship?

Has infertility affected their relationship?

Couples mostly feel misunderstood about infertility. They are too ashamed to discuss it with anyone. In our country, a consultation with a psychologist is a stigma. But we need to understand one thing that sometimes, the psychosocial problem could be one of the reasons for infertility. Therefore, one cannot underestimate the role of psychological counseling.