Coping with infertility
The HFEA considers infertility counselling to be a key element in the provision of infertility services for all patients. We are sensitive to the emotions experienced through infertility and the stress of the treatment itself. Infertility counselling is free of charge for the first session with our in-house counsellor.Further confidential support counselling is also available where necessary.
Implications counselling provides an emotionally safe place in which to explore what treatment will involve and the lasting implications for you and those close to you. If you are using donor gametes (e.g. donor sperm, eggs or embryos) implications counselling is routine before you start treatment.
Recognising that going through fertility treatment can be distressing and having an impact on your relationship with others; support counselling provides an opportunity for you to explore your feelings coping strategies and relationship issues (with partners, family, friends and colleagues). You might find that you need support at different stages of treatment, therefore support counselling can be undertaken before, during and after treatment.
Therapeutic counselling is provided to assist you in acceptance of your situation as well as providing, where required, longer-term support if you find fertility treatment distressing and in helping the consequences of ending treatment and to move on to other options.
For more information about infertility counselling please contact our fertility counsellor, Janet Owen, directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org