Everyone who comes to us is different. While some might prefer to rely on family or friends to support them through their fertility treatment, others might want a little extra help – and however much support you need, we’ll be there for you.
Throughout your fertility treatment journey, we’ll do everything we can to ensure you feel comfortable, secure, and positive, and that you fully understand your treatment and any implications it might have.
We treat every one of our patients individually, and the amount of our fertility support services you use is entirely up to you. Take a look through all our support services below, and know that when having treatment with us, we’ll also give you the details of a private emergency helpline manned by an on-call nurse, so you are always sure that we are there for you.
Our patients are part of the most inspiring community, filled with such incredible love and support. Every day, our patients remind each other of their monumental strength, helping people they may have never met through difficult days, and celebrating with them when there’s good news.
You can read some of our patients’ motivational words for other fertility patients below (shared from our Instagram), and you can find strength in our community by reading our Patient Stories, speaking with other patients on our Care Forum, or by joining our community on Facebook and Instagram.
Counselling at Care
Not every patient will want counselling, but if you want someone to talk to before, during or after your treatment, speaking with a specialist fertility counsellor can be a helpful way to understand and process your emotions so you are in the best possible mindset for IVF. The first 3 counselling sessions per cycle are free, subsequent counselling sessions are chargeable.
Though there is some debate about whether stress directly impacts fertility, we want all our patients to feel relaxed during their treatment – though we know that staying relaxed is sometimes easier said than done! It’s normal to feel a little stressed or anxious when you’re having fertility treatment, but some of our patients use alternative therapies like massage, acupuncture and hypnotherapy to help them to feel calm, and there are lots of other ways you can keep stress down and take care of your mental health. Take a look through our resources about reducing stress during IVF below.
Though it is yet to be scientifically determined whether complementary therapies like acupuncture or hypnotherapy help with fertility or improve treatment success rates, if you are struggling with stress or anxiety during your treatment, therapies like these might help make things easier. If you’re considering any kind of complimentary therapy, check it’s okay with your IVF clinic nurse or doctor first.
Mindfulness is a simple, and increasingly popular, form of meditation, and you can practise it wherever you are. It’s all about bringing your mind into the present and paying attention to your surroundings, so it can be very useful when it comes to managing anxious thoughts. There’s lots of information available online, and you can even download mobile apps to get you started. Read more about mindfulness on the NHS website.
It’s important that you look after yourself properly during treatment. Having a happy, healthy body will help to keep your mind calm and reduce anxiety, so do your best to eat well and make time for exercise. If you’re worried about whether your chosen exercise could affect your treatment, just check with your clinic first. Also, remember to set aside time for yourself to focus on the things you enjoy, whether that’s going to the gym, reading a book or just watching your favourite programme on TV.