What Happens During a Fertility Counseling Session?
Fertility counseling sessions can vary, depending upon the type of counselor you are seeing and the type of therapy you have signed on for. Therapy may be one-on-one or it may involve both you and your partner. During your fertility counseling, you and your counselor will talk openly about the feelings that you have been having about your treatment. You might discuss:
- relationship issues
- problems with friends, family, or coworkers
- financial concerns
- ways to reduce stress or depression
- treatment options, including sperm or egg donation
- selection of doctors and therapies
- pregnancy loss or failed treatment cycles
How to Find a Fertility CounselorFinding a fertility counselor in your area should be a relatively easy task. You can ask your reproductive endocrinologist for a referral to a qualified counselor or you can look to your regular health care provider for help. Local support groups may also have a list of experienced fertility counselors in your area.
Find Other Support
In addition to fertility counseling, you and your partner may also be interested in finding other types of support as you deal with your fertility issues. Your reproductive endocrinologist and your fertility counselor can recommend a list of books and magazines that may be able to help you deal with the emotional aspects of infertility.
You may also want to attend an infertility support group in your area. These groups are made up of couples that are also facing fertility problems.
If you notice that your infertility issues are spilling out into other areas of your life, you may want to consider relationship counseling, couples counseling or family counseling.