At IRMS, we recognize the myriad of emotions experienced by many people
struggling with infertility. Treatment can be stressful even under the
best of circumstances, and there are many issues you need to consider
both before and during the process. As you proceed with treatment, you
may experience discomfort or face a range of conflicting emotions that
can strain even the strongest of relationships.
For these reasons, we offer a holistic approach to care that focuses
on both the mind and body. In addition to advanced medical and laboratory
services, we provide a variety of support and other services designed
to address your emotional needs and help you cope with difficult issues,
- The impact of your decision to seek treatment;
- Dilemmas in decision making, including ethical and practical
concerns related to treatment options;
- The highs and lows that often accompany infertility treatment;
- Feelings of anger, depression, anxiety, guilt or low self esteem;
- Marital stress or communication problems with each other, friends,
family members and your children
- Knowing when to end infertility treatment and consider other
Although screening is not mandatory, in some cases your physician
may require that you meet with our psychologist to discuss the many
issues related to in vitro fertilization before you begin. Also, if
you are contemplating treatment that requires an egg donor or a sperm
donor, screening is required before you begin your infertility cycle.
Individual and Couples Infertility Counseling
These services are available, upon request, to IRMS patients and
others who require them. Counseling can address a variety of issues,
including but not limited to coping with the various aspects of infertility,
pregnancy loss, miscarriage, pregnancy after infertility treatments,
multiple gestations, selective reduction and the use of donor gametes.
Counseling services are available from our mental health staff, and
we have a referral list of community-based professionals who specialize
In addition to individual and couples counseling, we also offer various
support groups focusing on infertility, in vitro fertilization and
egg donation. These groups provide you with the opportunity to share
experiences, to discuss pertinent topics and gain emotional support.
They are led by our staff psychologist, Claudia Pascale, Ph.D. Current
- Infertility and IVF
This ongoing group is for women experiencing any aspect of infertility
treatment. It is offered on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month
from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not required but it is suggested.
- Egg Donor/Sperm Recipient Couple Group
This intensive, eight-week session for couples explores all aspects
of egg and sperm donation. This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays
of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required.