Elias Gatos, M.D.
Surgeon Gynecologist – Obstetrician
Scientific Director emBIO Assisted Reproduction Unit

Psychological support

Assisted reproduction treatments and their significant success rates gave infertile couples the hope of having a baby. Nonetheless, different treatment stages and the awareness that a couple is unable to have a child under normal conditions, tend to increase a feeling of anxiety, disappointment, and vanity, which adversely impacts the treatment course.
How a couple experiences IVF depends on its mental equipment, the existence of support systems in their environment, as well as the number of efforts performed. In view of both physical and mental treatment requirements, our unit provides the couple or individual persons the scientific, psychological cover to help them adjust to treatment and cope with its challenges with optimism and realism.

What the Psychological Support Programme is
In the context of understanding and privacy, the unit’s Psychological Support stands by the couple or woman and man separately to transform IVF to a life experience allowing them to become parents. The programme’s objective is to support couples in stress management to make procedures as mentally painless as possible, as well as encourage people so that they are able to better process and accept intense emotional conditions arising over time. Through an individualised approach dealing with each individual couple’s needs, personal, group, and/or couple meetings are recommended throughout treatment and, particularly, during hormonal therapy, before the egg collection, before the embryo transfer, and once results are received, as well as during pregnancy.

Programme benefits
Our experience at the unit has demonstrated the programme’s major benefits. Systematic attendance allows people to:
Rebuild their confidence,
Think more optimistically, and also
Achieve better stress management strategies.

Support groups
Group meetings taking place at our unit provide couples the chance to share their experience, difficulties encountered, as well as hopes and expectations with other couples found in a similar position.

Ask us about support groups and register! Specialist psychological support in the Egg/Sperm/Embryo Donation Programme
In the 21st century, the biological relation among family members is not a requirement to raise children. Since Louise Brown was born in 1978 to this date, up to five different people may participate in conceiving a child: an egg donor, a sperm donor, a woman to become pregnant and a raising couple.
The family form has now changed and research monitoring the development of children conceived in different ways over time show they are not at psychological risk.

In cases where borrowed eggs and/or borrowed semen is used, cooperation with a psychologist allows couples to acknowledge what they cannot admit and overcome the fear of what is not being said. This offers them the chance to process complex issues resulting from having a baby using this method and make the history for the family to be created together.
For more information, feel free to contact our competent department.


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