Fertility treatment can feel as though your life is on hold and it is hard to move forward or plan your future. Sometimes you feel as though you cannot confide in anyone who will understand what you are going through. We at Elrapha are here to support you during what can be a difficult time for you and your family. From your first contact with us, we aim to be understanding to your needs, enabling you to get all the information you need in order to make a decision about your next steps.
How could infertility counselling help?
Research has shown that infertility often has a stressful impact on relationships and can affect a couple’s sex life. The condition is isolating and can impact on how a couple communicate with each other and with the people around them. There can be a profound sense of loss and grief which can impact on closeness. Infertility can also carry with it a sense of denial with sadness and shock borne individually when pregnancy does not materialise. There can also be feelings of fear, guilt and abandonment from the partner who feels the problem lies with them. Women can feel less feminine and men can feel less masculine in the face of infertility.
Infertility can also put stress on your relationship, with studies showing that couples dealing with infertility are more likely to feel unhappy with themselves and their marriages. It is important to express the feelings of sadness, loss and anger and to have good support from people around you who understand your position. Counselling is an opportunity to explore any emotional difficulty, fears and anxieties, or distress that you might experience during your fertility journey. It can help you to cope, make choices, and change aspects of your situation. It doesn’t involve giving advice or direction to take a particular course of action; at times it may involve providing information. Our counsellor is here so you can express your emotions freely in a supportive environment.
We’re sensitive to the emotions you may experience, and the stress of the treatment itself. As part of our ongoing patient care, counselling is routinely offered at any time before, during or after treatment. You can have a session by yourself or with your partner and its not just for those times when things go wrong. It can be very helpful to explore coping strategies. Of course all the team at El-rapha are available for a chat anytime but if you would like to make an appointment with our trained fertility counsellor, please contact one of our patient support team on (+234) 909 888 9013, 90998889015 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselling gives you an emotionally safe place in which to reflect on and understand the proposed procedure, the variety of issues that may affect you, and the lasting implications for you and those close to you, both now and in the future. It takes into account the welfare and needs of the future child. It’s an opportunity to anticipate and plan for this conception and family formation. Counselling is mandatory if you are using donated sperm, eggs or embryos, in donor-assisted conception. Implications counselling is routinely offered before treatment, to give you time to decide how to proceed.
If you are planned treatment with surrogacy there are three sessions that are required before treatment can commence. One with the counsellor and the intended parents, one with the surrogate and any partner she has and one with all parties. Further sessions can be arranged if needed and support counselling is available for all at any time – before , during or after treatment.
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