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Integrative Infertility-IVF Program

The desire for a child is a result of individual development. It does not exist from birth but usually increases as time passes.

If the wish is not fulfilled and an infertility problem becomes apparent, this may result in a narcissistic wound that diminishes self-confidence.

Hopelessness may arise. The patients may express feelings of guilt. There may be desperation and grief.

The problem of infertility becomes a problem within the relationship of the partners.

In-vitro fertilization (IVF) has given new hope to many infertile patients.

There is a danger that the emotional impact of infertility is neglected and that the problem is reduced to a biological or medical one.

However, in addition to the necessary medical procedures, one should also focus on the patients psychosocial and emotional needs by:

· Understanding childlessness,

· Giving information and ensuring it is processed,

· Implications counselling,

· Support counselling and/or

· Therapeutic counselling.

Caring for the emotional needs of the patient demands continuity and should not be treated as a single event.

Our program have been set up in order to provide a framework for psychotherapy and life style changes in infertility.

A person suffering from infertility will face complex issues which span biological, psychological, social and ethical domains. Discussion of these issues in a psychotherapeutic context is often beneficial for patients.

Patient-centered care is the psychosocial care provided as part of routine services in our center. It is an approach to care which is expected from all members of the medical team at all times.

Patient-centered care aims to facilitate communication processes between staff and patients and aims to ensure that the people being treated are understood as individuals and not only as biological entities.

Purpose

The aims of our program are to explore, understand and resolve issues arising from infertility and infertility treatment and to clarify ways of dealing with the problem more effectively.

Providing sufficient information about the medical aspects of the treatment is primarily the responsibility of the GYN. However, the emotional implications of the infertility treatment are the responsibility of the psychotherapist and psychiatrist.

Psychotherapy can focus on

· Reflection of individual problems and (family) history,

· The acceptance of the situation,

· The meaning and impact of infertility, including grief work,

· Work on alternative life and self-concepts for the future,

· The development of coping strategies and strategies to minimize distress,

· Problem and conflict solving, and/or

· Specific issues such as sexual, marital and other interpersonal problems.

A more holistic approach to patient care is believed to improve health outcomes, increase patient and team satisfaction, reduce negative psychosocial reactions and help patients better come to terms with their experiences.