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Chapter-22 Counseling in Infertility

BOOK TITLE: Principles and Practice of Assisted Reproductive Technology

Author
1. Tharyan Prathap
ISBN
9789352705030
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/18020_23
Edition
2/e
Publishing Year
2019
Pages
11
Author Affiliations
1. Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Mental Health Center, Bagayam, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, Email: prathap@cmcvellore.ac.in, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital, Manipal, Karnataka, India
Chapter keywords
Infertility, assisted reproductive technique, ART, in vitro fertilization, IVF, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, ICSI, crisis counseling, supportive counseling

Abstract

Infertility is a common problem worldwide. Precise epidemiological estimates of its reported prevalence vary considerably, depending on the variations in different aspects of the definition of infertility. Infertility is associated with considerable distress that is influenced by personal expectations and coping styles, and interpersonal relations, but influenced considerably by gender-specific special pressures and attributions. Women all over the world experience more distress due to infertility than men, but in parts of the developing world, also face considerable stigma, discrimination, abuse and neglect. Counseling for infertility and with ART is a developing field that needs more trained professionals and further research to better delineate who needs to be counseled, the components of counseling that are effective, and the perceptions of those being counseled, particularly from the developing world.

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