Counseling for Fertility
Psychological Counseling for Fertility in Dubai
Infertility is a stressful thing for a couple to go through. Many people report a roller coaster of emotions. Every person handles fertility problems different, depending on their personality and diagnosis. Because infertility can lead to psychological distress, our fertility specialist recommend psychological counseling for couples with fertility issues.
Who is affected by infertility?
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), approximately 10-15% of couples seek treatment for fertility issues. In the past twenty years, the number of couples seeking fertility treatment has increased, as assisted reproductive technology (ART) has become more acceptable.
What is the purpose of psychological counseling?
At our fertility center, we aim to assist all emotional and psychological issues of each person dealing with infertility. We wish to create joyful families through assisted reproductive technology, and psychological counseling allows the process to go more smoothly. Through this service, the couple is informed, becomes more knowledgeable, and has the security of knowing there is someone to talk them through each step of the process.
What issues do counselors address?
At our fertility center, psychological counseling is mandatory for couples who are undergoing fertility treatment. Those who may wish to have counseling include:
- Couples who have experienced a pregnancy loss.
- Intended parents who failed on an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.
- Anyone considering using a surrogate or gestational carrier.
- Couples making decisions regarding treatment plans.
- Anyone who may use donor sperm or donor eggs.
Do psychological counselors address stress?
Stress can make fertility issues worse, and many couples are under emotional stress when conception is difficult. Stress also interferes with choices about fertility treatment, causes delays in treatment, and decreases a person’s compliance in the treatment process.
Does the counselor address all aspects of the fertility treatment process?
Navigating the complex legal, medical, ethical, and emotional choices involved in fertility treatment can pose many psychological issues for a couple. The journey to create a family is challenging for couples who suffer infertility, and the financial strain can further add to the distress. The psychologist will help you through the anger, fear, anxiety, and sadness associated with the various ups-and-downs of the fertility treatment process.
What emotional process is involved?
Fertility treatment involves a complicated emotional process. This process involves selecting appropriate egg/sperm donors, choosing a surrogate or gestational carrier, and making decisions that conflict with religious beliefs. Coping styles vary from person to person, and the individual attitudes toward treatment may cause friction in the couple’s relationship. Normal responses to fertility treatment include frustration, grief, anger, and depression, all which is addressed during the psychological counseling.
Does counseling increase the odds of conceiving a child?
According to research studies, couples who engage in counseling sessions are more likely to conceive and maintain pregnancy than couples who do not participate. The therapist specializes in fertility care as well as third-party reproduction. Many couples find making decisions difficult when it is time to end treatment, so the psychological counselor can help people through these difficult times.
What treatment interventions does the counselor use?
When addressing infertility, the counselor may use individual, couple, or group therapy, or she/he may wish to employ all three forms. In addition, cognitive behavioral group psychotherapy is used along with support groups, which are proven to increase fertility success rates. Because medications can negatively affect fertility, many therapists avoid using pharmacological agents.