Most patients with infertility become exhausted and start feeling hopeless as they go through repeated treatment failure over a prolonged period. In majority of these, adequate counselling may not have happened. Due to this, they become confused and lose trust in the treatment.
Effect of infertility on the couple:
Marriage without children is considered as a failure of the two individuals. The couple prefers to stay isolated as this becomes the topic of discussion in every family or social event they attend. They start getting a feeling of guilt, shame and even low self esteem. The lack of respect shown by the near and dear ones becomes tough to handle. These couples are under tremendous pressure to prove to themselves, their family and the society that they are as normal as the others. Just like a person with some disability is considered Not normal, similarly, an infertile couple especially a woman has a lot to prove. It becomes harder and harder for the couple to believe that sooner or later they will overcome the problem and have a baby. They start feeling hopeless, but most of them pretend to be fine. The couples may start feeling that they are a burden on the society. These feelings can be unpredictable, upsetting and can even cause tension in relationships and sometimes end some in depression. These couples may need help.
The role of Counseling:
Counselling is the most important aspect of fertility treatment. It is vital that the patients understand the reasons for their delay in conception and the way forward for them. Mental preparation and education of the couple is the cornerstone of successful fertility treatment. Patience and Trust are needed in abundance and this is only possible if the patients feel confident in the doctor and the clinic. At the Walking Egg Medical Centre, we boast of an internationally trained Fertility Counsellor who gives adequate time for patients to understand the issues