Emotional Support for Fertility Treatment
Reaction to infertility
It is normal to react with any or all of these emotions when one needs to deal with one’s own infertility. Shock, anger, frustration, sadness, confusion, anxiety, grief and sometimes a desire to withdraw from usual social contact.
Talk to someone about your reactions helps. Seek professional assistance to develop strategies to manage the symptoms and reduce the impact they have on your life.
Deciding to go on fertility treatment is a huge decision. Oftentimes, the couple grapples with a mixture of emotions, from joy and excitement, to grief and great disappointment. A very stressful time for many couples
Emotional support increases fertility treatment success
To support you in the journey, a number of forward-looking fertility medical profession recommends patients to access counselling before and during treatment cycle.
Counseling offers you a forum for discussion. They facilitate you in making decisions about treatments and explore all options available.
You share your concerns, find out how other fertility couples cope and be reassured your reactions are normal.
Supportive and confidential counselling can assist you in understanding and dealing with the range of emotions you and your partner may typically experience during a treatment cycle more calmly.
Coaching gives you the opportunity to look at your response. You learn how to cope and develop emotionally, as an individual and as a couple, from your experience.
Regardless of the advancement in fertility treatment success rates (almost 3% of all babies born today are conceived via assisted reproductive technology), the uncertainty of a successful embryo transplant can lead to negative impact on your self-esteem over time.
Conversations with a Fertility coach supports individuals and couples to manage the emotional impact of dealing with fertility issues and what they really want.
When to see a counsellor and coach
It is important not to wait until you are overwhelmed before seeking counselling support.
A specifically trained counsellor and coach can help to:
· Provide independent, confidential support and someone to talk to about how you or your partner may be feeling
· Prepare you for your fertility treatments and discuss the options available when making decisions about changing or stopping treatments
· Work on your relationship with your partner to support your treatment
· Support you through the emotions involved in trying to achieve pregnancy
· Cope with other peoples’ pregnancies and births by providing protective (self-preservation) strategies for couples when faced with emotional settings
· Discuss reactions of families, friends and work colleagues
· Explore some strategies to help you feel more in control
· Cope with unsuccessful treatment cycles and/or miscarriage
· Discuss the anxieties of pregnancy and preparation for parenthood
· Deal with specific issues related to donor treatment cycles