Discussion group on moving on after unsuccessful fertility treatment

If you have had unsuccessful fertility treatment and are in the process of moving on after this, you might be interested in a discussion group being organised by Louise Hesselvik who is training to be a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire.

Louise is researching how women who have had fertility treatment are able to move on when treatment has not been successful. If you have tried fertility treatment in the past but have decided to stop treatment, and if you do not have any biological children, Louise would be very interested to speak with about participating in this group.

She will be holding a small focus group to present my research so far, and to get your thoughts and perspective on this at Conway Hall, London on February 2nd at 6:45pm- 8:15pm. By participating in this study you will contribute to a better understanding of the factors which help women coping with unsuccessful fertility treatments and those who are involuntarily childless. Her aim is to use this research to help to guide health professional in how best to support women in this situation.

If you might be interested in participating, you can email Louise at l.hesselvik@herts.ac.uk and she can give you more details and answer any questions.

Information after an unsuccessful cycle

Although we know that the average national success rates for IVF are only around 25%, which means that the majority of individual cycles are more likely to be unsuccessful, that doesn’t mean that the fallout after finding out that your treatment hasn’t worked is in any way diminished. It can leave you feeling totally devastated after you’ve invested so much time and emotion, and often money too, in a cycle.

If you’re looking for advice or support in this situation, there is an Infertility Network UK information pack which you can download free from the website. It contains lots of information about different options and advice too. You can download it here, and you may also want to browse through some of the other support options available, such as the free Supportline and the wide range of fertility groups which hold get-togethers across the UK.