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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, including:

  • 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 options.

Psychological Screening

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 infertility.

Support Groups

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 sessions include:

  • 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.