Counselling is a process through which a person can explore his or her feelings about difficult or potentially stressful situations. Given the opportunity, patients will often become less stressed and therefore make well-informed decisions.

Counselling is non-judgemental, and strictly confidential.

Types of counselling:

  • Support counselling, recommended for all patients undergoing fertility treatment.
  • Implication counselling, important when gamete donation is considered.
  • Assessment counselling, used to assess the patient’s readiness for treatment and awareness of implications. This is used particularly in cases with an ethical dilemma e.g. known gamete donation.

The Fertility & Gynaecology Academy has a link with external counsellors and contacts will be readily available.