Introduction to Infertility Counseling Services
Fertility Counseling and Infertility Support
One of our goals of fertility help in Atlanta is to provide sensitive care to the "whole person." ACRM will provide a list of trained mental and emotional health professionals who can provide assistance to our patients.
Embarking on a program involving the Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ARTs) is a major decision. Many people see it as renewed hope for conception as well as their last resort. While the ARTs have helped many couples overcome their infertility, they are not the answer for everyone. For those who choose the ARTs, the process can be emotionally, physically and financially draining, and carries with it a tremendous amount of infertility anxiety and, sometimes, infertility depression.
We regard emotional support and fertility counseling as an important adjunct to treatment. We want to help patients maximize their coping skills during this stressful time. Many couples can find it beneficial to seek assistance with decision making and having an opportunity to explore their feelings. Additional sources of infertility support and information are also available.
Infertility Support Atlanta
Counseling can be helpful for new patients
Counseling can be a helpful step in preparing for fertility treatment and can provide foundational infertility support. Many couples coming to our program have never seen an infertility counselor before. Infertility counselors, along with the rest of your medical team, have expertise in assisting couples with what to expect during and after treatment.
Counseling can help patients emotionally replenish before beginning treatment. A counseling session helps patients identify the best sources of emotional and social support available during treatment. We know that positive support does make a difference for patients in infertility treatment.
Counseling can also help in other areas: work, family relationships, marriage ... any issue that concerns you is one that can be processed in a supportive counseling relationship and can help you have a better quality of life.
Counseling may be helpful for coping with stress
A session with an infertility counselor can also assist couples in coping with stress. Many couples feel relieved and hopeful when they know there are positive ways to cope with the stress and disappointment of delayed family building. Learn more on what you need to know about stress and infertility.
Counseling may be helpful for communicating with your partner
Many patients also benefit from learning how infertility affects marital communication. Infertility is often the first life crisis a couple shares together. Men and women cope differently with stress in general, and with infertility stress in particular. Helping couples recognize some of these universal patterns early in the treatment process often goes a long way towards maintaining marital satisfaction. Early counseling can help prevent misunderstandings or communication problems before they start.
Counseling can be helpful for emotional distress
Couples benefit from support throughout the infertility process and especially when it comes to dealing with strong emotions. Anger, self-blame, fear, anxiety and feelings of loss may surface and feel overwhelming at times. Couples who have experienced a pregnancy loss, failed cycles, or who have a history of recurrent miscarriages may benefit from additional support as they attempt another pregnancy. An infertility counselor can also help you identify certain types ofdepression or anxiety conditions that should be treated prior to beginning a treatment cycle.
Counseling may be helpful for decision-making
Patients find it helpful to consult with a counselor when faced with important treatment decisions, such as the use of donor gametes or the decision to end treatment. All of our patients will meet with a counselor, when using donor eggs or sperm, and for all gestational carrier arrangements. In addition, patients often choose to meet with a counselor during the "waiting period" of their treatment cycle, for support during an IUI cycle, or for post treatment follow-up.
You may also be interested in learning more about stress and infertility, frequently asked questions and our support groups. At any time during your treatment and time with ACRM, should you wish to meet with a counselor, please call your patient care coordinator who will assist you with a referral to an ACRM trusted source. Our free weekly support group is also avaialble to all ACRM patients.