The Importance of Mental Health Care during Fertility Treatment

During Mental Health Awareness Week we focus on the importance of good emotional care and support throughout fertility treatment.

Counselling is a key part of the service at RHG-IVF Life and two sessions are included in our standard fertility treatment plans.

Our Fertility Counselling Partner Jamie Forster is a member of BICA – the British Infertility Counselling Association – whose members are all highly trained in supporting people throughout their fertility treatment and can demonstrate the empathy that helps people deal with the ‘fertility rollercoaster’.

Counselling can help explore treatment options and the consequences of treatment, and also provide support around the outcome of treatment.

For treatments involving donor eggs or sperm, the HFEA requires that a patient has implications counselling before they begin.  This is so they understand the potential impact of any treatment on themselves, on their partner, and especially on any donor-conceived child and the wider family.

Jamie Forster, Fertility Counselling Partner at RHG-IVF Life said: “As part of the counselling service, a patient may be invited and encouraged to explore feelings and aspects of their life and fertility journey, and to talk freely and confidentially in a way that may be difficult with family or friends.

“The current campaign from the Mental Health Foundation encourages people to reconnect with nature to help improve their well-being. We recognise the  huge benefits of taking some time away from all other distractions, either by yourself or with your partner, to enjoy your garden, or a park, or walking in the countryside, to help you through fertility treatment.”

RHG-IVF Life patients can make an appointment for our counselling service via the patient care team.