( 14 OCT 2017 )

Why Is Psychological Counselling Important for Infertile Couple?
Female infertility means a condition where a female is not able to conceive a child. There can be various causes of infertility. In most of the cases, infertility issues can be diagnosed and can be cured. With the advancement in the medical science, there are several treatments available to cure infertility. But most of them are a bit complicated and it becomes difficult for a doctor to explain everything to the patient. Therefore, the need of a professional psychologist arises, who can calm the patient by providing proper counselling related to the present medical condition and the treatment.
Childbirth is a natural biological procedure; therefore, one must understand the associated complications in this case, before opting for infertility treatments. The couple requires counselling sessions during the whole process to have a transparency between them and the doctor. The whole procedure can be quite overwhelming for the patient; a counseller will help her during the phase by boosting her confidence, explaining her everything and making her ready for the procedure. It requires a lot of mental, psychological and physical strength to even consider it as an option.

How can infertility affect you?
Infertility treatment is surely a roller coaster ride for the couples with their minds switching between the two sides of the coin, one being a hope & the other being despair.
Infertility brings a lot of things like anxiety, frustration, and depression, a feeling of worthlessness and being cheated all the time. These beliefs have an adverse effect on your life, on your relations as well as your profession. This is because you are trying hard to get pregnant but still, you are not able to achieve that. As the stress continues to build over the time and starts to affect the quality of your life and health, it is advisable to go for psychological help.
The psychologist will not only hear you out but also help you in understanding your current situation and will tell you about the treatments as well as their results. They will help you in building your confidence again. At times, even partners are not able to discuss the situation with each other due to hesitation or any other reason. At that time counselling proves to be quite helpful. It plays an essential role in the success of your infertility treatment.

Benefits of Psychological help and Counselling Sessions

• Keep a check on your mental health
Pregnancy is not only about your physical health, but it is deeply connected with your psychological health. To conceive or have a healthy pregnancy, your mental health should be good. A doctor specialized in infertility treatment will always try to ensure that you don't have anxiety or stress issues. He will try to ensure that the negative feelings do not aggravate at any point of the treatment. The counsellor attempts to talk to you and solve your problems. He will make sure that you have a healthy environment for the development of your treatment process to get good and positive results.

• Help to strengthen the emotional desires
The counsellor will hear the patient, provide them with the emotional comfort and will help them in bringing back their confidence. They will help the patients to improve and enhance their social relations as well as the relation between the couple. The whole life of the patient becomes havoc; they have their own fears and insecurities along with the constant nagging from the family members. Stress hampers all relationships, especially, the relation between the couples. The therapy continues until the patient attains a stable state of mind and are able to manage their social and personal relations.

• Better understanding of the situation
The counsellor works with the doctor for your betterment. The doctor helps you to understand the situation in a much better way and get the treatment done. They will discuss the various procedures of IVF, AI, IUI, Surrogacy, Embryo donation and sperm donation or any other such treatment. They explain the process and recommend the best-suited option for you. They will help you to adapt with the treatment and make you mentally healthy to face the results of these procedures. They discuss each and every aspect of the treatment to provide you with a clear picture which will help you in deciding which treatment you want to choose. They support the patients throughout the procedure and minimize the psychological trauma faced by them, thus contribute to the satisfactory result of the treatment.
It is a common phenomenon to have doubts and sometimes the infertility specialist is not specialized to deal with these issues. He can recommend the best possible treatment and medicines, but you need good emotional and mental health to get positive results. You will experience different emotions; there will be ups & downs that only a counsellor can help you to cope-up with. Whatever may be your feelings just discuss it with your counsellor and fight against it.