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Counseling is an integral part of IVF clinic. It is an opportunity for the doctor and IVF specialist to understand the patient, similarly the patient also can communicate, comprehend and discuss various issues regarding IVF with the doctor and IVF specialist. Counseling in Infertile couples derives the purpose, objectives, typical issues and communication skills involved in rendering psychological care to individuals procuring fertility services. The guidelines are specified and disseminated in six sections.

The first section describes how infertility consultations in IVF clinic differ from other medical consultations in obstetrics and gynecology.

The second section addresses fundamental issues in counseling, such as what is counseling in infertility clinic, who should counsel and who is likely to need counseling.

The third section focuses on how to integrate patient-centered care and counseling into routine medical treatment with the help of the IVF specialist and doctor in the IVF clinic.

The fourth section highlights some of the special situations which can provoke the need for counselling (e.g. facing the end of treatment, sexual problems).

The fifth section deals exclusively with third party reproduction and the psychosocial implications of gamete donation, surrogacy and adoption for heterosexual and gay couples and single women without partners.

The sixth and the final section is concerned with psychosocial services that can be used to supplement counseling services in fertility clinics: written psychosocial information, telephone counseling, self-help groups and professionally facilitated group work.

This paper summarizes the different sections of the guidelines and describes how to obtain the complete text of the guidelines for counseling in Infertility clinic.

Why seek Counseling?

For any couple or for any individual, brings about a change of such magnitude which can be life-transforming. But in unfortunate situations when a new couple realizes that their plans to initiate a family may be farfetched, then medical intervention is sought for by the couple. Being inactive about obvious infertile problems or devoid of any medical intervention can result in a disappointed lifestyle for both the couples.

When discussing the emotional experience felt by the couple who experience infertility, feelings such as anxiety, guilt, anger, devastation, sadness, and despair are experienced by both the couple.

Previous doctor investigations, specialist opinion and treatment may also bring up difficult experiences from the past, which may impact upon how the couple deals with present challenges in infertility clinic.

How can Counseling help?

In small adversities, many people find solace on their life when they converse with their friends and family members. It is unfathomably difficult for couples raising their own child comfort the mourning couple because they won't be able to comprehend the powerful emotions that the parents are experiencing with the news of being infertile. Fertility counselors have valuable knowledge and experience which will ensure that infertile couples pass through the rough time without creating emotional and physical strain. Thus, visiting an infertility clinic at least for counseling will always be in their favor.

The Counselor can help the couple in:

  • Expressing freely without being judged
  • Understanding the couples reaction and their way of coping with the problem
  • Rendering appropriate avenues for the couples thoughts and emotions
  • Identifying choices and making decision about treatment options in IVF clinic
  • Managing the uncertainties of the treatment
  • Grappling life with losses and transformations
  • Through communication the counseling doctor or IVF specialist revives the dauntlessness and strengthens their belief.