Following an initial interview with your doctor, one of our trained nurses will be assigned to you. She will be available throughout your fertility treatment to advise and support you. Once the treatment options have been determined, your nurse will discuss the timing of the treatment, explain the drug regimen, review the plan of treatment on a day-to-day basis and answer any other questions you might have.
Your nurse will arrange a suitable date for the start of your treatment, and will make every effort to adjust the treatment schedule to your work life.
Owing to the sensitive and emotional aspects of the infertility workup, we encourage counselling before and during treatment. Counselling services are available on site from our independent experienced counsellors. We advise and encourage all patients to utilize these services.
What is fertility counselling?
Fertility counselling is professional help from medical caregivers and mental health professionals who have experience and training in counselling couples experiencing infertility.
Infertility and fertility treatments can affect all aspects of a couple’s lives, and can cause a number of emotional issues that impact relationships, perspective on life, and feelings of self-image and self-worth. Couples can benefit from support of family, friends, and medical and health professionals.
When to see a fertility counsellor
Couples or individuals who become so preoccupied with their infertility that it affects their personal or work life, then a fertility counsellor can support you in addressing feelings of depression or high anxiety – whether about treatment, infertility or other issues surrounding your treatment.
You should see a fertility counsellor or psychological professional if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Marital problems
- Persistent feelings of sadness or guilt
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Suicidal thoughts
- Social isolation
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in appetite
- Extreme weight gain or loss
Additionally, if a couple is considering fertility treatment options that include sperm, egg or embryo donation or gestational carriers, it will be especially critical to seek fertility counselling to negotiate the emotional issues attached to those treatments, as well as discuss your options to find a choice that best fits your family’s needs and goals.
Finding ways to lower stress during fertility treatment may also help the success of the treatment.
Infertility Support Groups
OriginElle offers support groups for:
- Single Moms
- Couples/singles using egg donation
These support groups are intended for patients who are in treatment at the OriginElle Fertility Clinic and facing the challenges of infertility.
Bring your questions and concerns and we will provide the tea and biscuits.
Please sign up at the reception during your visit, or by calling us at (514) 369-0688.