When treatment appears futile The role of the mental health professional and end of treatment counseling

The end of fertility treatment can be an emotionally difficult time. Mental health professionals can provide counseling to support patients’ adjustment.

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Susan C. Klock, Ph.D.

Volume 104, Issue 2, Pages 267-270


The end of treatment, whether initiated by the medical team or by the patient, represents a difficult transition for the patient. The mental health professional, as part of a multidisciplinary team, can offer important assistance and support to the patient as they move through the end of their infertility treatment. A description of the topics covered in exit counseling is provided, as well as indications for referral.

Read the full text at: http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(15)00355-6/fulltext

Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.