Patient Support at Fertility North
Infertility can be a very difficult experience in many people’s lives. It can affect the relationships with your family, friends, and work colleagues, but most importantly it can impact on your relationship with your partner and how you feel about yourself.
How individuals and couples cope as they undergo treatment is varied depending on their support network. Infertile individuals/couples often find treatment physically, emotionally and financially draining. It can be very stressful juggling medical appointments or procedures with work and social commitments. There may be particularly difficult times, such as family gatherings where young children or pregnant friends are present.
The staff at Fertility North are experienced professionals who understand the frustration and emotional highs and lows of each treatment cycle. They are available on a daily basis to support and assist you through treatment so please do not hesitate to contact them.
What counselling offers patients
Although our clinic staff are very experienced in helping our patient’s through this challenging time in their lives, there may be times when it is advisable to speak to the clinic counsellor. Speaking to our clinic counsellor can help you work through the feelings that you may be having and offer you the additional support you may need at that time. The clinic counsellor can also assist you with understanding your treatment options, any possible implications and possible alternatives to your current treatment.
Counselling is also available if you are feeling depressed, anxious or so preoccupied with your infertility that you feel it is hard to enjoy life. If you are feeling combinations of any of the following signs you might benefit from seeing the clinic counsellor:
- Social isolation
- Loss of interest in usual activities and relationships
- Marriage difficulties
- Loss of concentration
- Anxiety and frustration
- Feeling constantly sad and worthless
- Feeling guilty about not providing your partner with a child
- Changes in eating and sleeping patterns
- Thoughts about suicide