If you are currently having or have you had IVF, ICSI or donor treatment at a UK clinic, it’s not too late for you to help Infertility Network UK by completing the quick survey about counselling support.
The survey is looking into the level of emotional support people receive from clinics and what they are told about the counselling service. it is completely anonymous and will hopefully provide a better picture of the provision across the UK and ultimately help support couples in the future going through the emotional roller coaster of IVF.
You can find the survey here –
If you’ve been through fertility treatment, you’ll know only too well how important it is to get emotional support – and this has now been recognised in a review published by The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (the Journal of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which is the professional body for fertility specialists).
The review says that clinic staff should think about patients’ emotional needs as well as focusing on treatment options, and tresses that they should view infertility solely in biological or medical terms, overlooking the vital role that fertility counselling has to play.
We know that at present fertility patients don’t always find it easy to access counselling services when they are having treatment – there are sometimes long waits to see a counsellor and not all clinics promote counselling very well to patients. It is important that this changes in the future – and that there is more recognition of the emotional stress caused by fertility problems and treatment.
You can read more about the review here. If you are finding it difficult to access counselling through your clinic, you may want to contact a fertility counsellor through the British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA). They have a list of accredited fertility counsellors here on their website.
If you have a spare thirty seconds, could you help Infertility Network UK by answering a question – yes, just one! – about the level of emotional support you felt you got at your fertility clinic? Anyone who has attended a fertility clinic can answer the poll, so do please help if you have a moment – results can help assess how well people feel they are being supported at present. The link is here – https://healthunlocked.com/infertility-uk