Coping with infertility
The HFEA considers infertility counselling to be a key element in the provision of infertility services for all patients. Here at LWC Wales 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 donated 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 have 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 accept the consequences of ending treatment and moving on to other options.
For more information about counselling at the LWC Wales you can contact our fertility counsellor directly: