A fertility problem can be highly stressful and participation in a program using assisted reproductive technologies such as Intrauterine Insemination treatment (IUI) can be an added source of stress. Treatment participation can be demanding in terms of time commitment and disruptive to personal, family and work life. Certain medical procedures such as self injection of medications and the use of fertility drugs can also be a concern for some women.
All participants in IUI treatment are offered a separate and private counselling appointment on the day of their medical orientation to the program. The goal of this session is to identify and explore any concerns that patients might be having, either about managing the fertility problem, or managing the medical procedures. A variety of different coping strategies might be discussed to help patients manage the demands of treatment. Sometimes the stress of the fertility problem itself, coupled with treatment participation, can trigger a variety of intense feelings, or create strains with friends or family. Sometimes the fact that men and women cope quite differently with a fertility problem can lead to frustration and relationship friction.
If concerns are identified, a follow up appointment might be offered, either individually, to explore the possibilities of new and different coping strategies, or for both partners to enhance their coping as a couple.