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    IVF Counseling Can Make a Difference!

    After approximately 1 year of trying to conceive naturally or 6 months if you are over 35, a doctor may recommend IVF treatments to help you conceive. This is often difficult news to hear and you may be unsure of your feelings about the process. Talking to an infertility counselor can help you sort through these feelings.
    IVF Counseling
    IVF treatments are emotionally and physically stressful. Many women come to my office claiming, "I just can't do it anymore!" They have exhausted their emotional reserve and the idea of another treatment process is unbearable. While your medical staff is focused on your physical health, it's important to tend to your mental health equally. Some studies have linked stress reduction to higher pregnancy rates. I recommend that you attend counseling before you reach treatment burn-out.

    Facts about Treatment

    • Those who begin treatment with higher levels of distress are more likely to drop out of treatment after only one cycle.
    • Number one reason patients drop out is due to stress.
    • Most patients hide their distress from their physician

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Infertility consultations are different for each person but may include grief work, stress management, cognitive restructuring, distress tolerance, awareness and/or relationship skill building. (A couple may attend a consultation but the session is not intended as a substitute for marriage therapy. Consultations are an education-based approach.)

  • A baseline assessment of how infertility is impacting you.
  • Clinically based education on infertility.
  • A model for working through infertility loss and grief from miscarriage or failed treatments.
  • Special stress management program designed for infertility