In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process which gives couples faced with reproductive issues the chance to become parents. Constant research and developments in this field render a positive outcome increasingly likely.
Nevertheless, IVF is a process which is psychologically draining to both partners. A couple turning to IVF in order to achieve their dream of having a child is usually already mentally exhausted from months or even years of unsuccessful efforts. This is compounded by the stress and fears surrounding the procedures and outcome of IVF, as well as the effect that hormonal changes will inevitably have on the woman’s psychological state. Further, when the infertility is pinpointed as resulting from one of the two partners, it is very likely that blame will be assigned, even subconsciously, on the part of the other partner. This puts the relationship in great peril.
In conclusion, psychological support during all stages of IVF is valuable, as it reduces negative psychological symptoms in both partners and-perhaps even more importantly-protects the relationship between them.