What are the international standards for counselling a couple before using ART? When is counselling recommended and why aren’t all couples sent for counselling?Thursday, April 10th, 2008
This is a very good and relevant question. Counselling is a very important part of assisted reproduction. In countries like Canada it is mandatory that every couple entering an assisted reproductive program must have at least one session with a qualified infertility counsellor. This is in some way a gatekeeper due to the fact that the government pays for a large proportion of the costs and can therefore specify that if the couple does not see the counsellor the treatment can be withheld. In other parts of the world however, including S.A., infertility treatment is not funded by the state and seeing a counsellor can therefore not be made mandatory. There should however be easy access to such an infertility counsellor at every infertility facility, should the couple feel the need for assistance.
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