Download Full Text (605 KB)
"The purpose of this chapter is to provide fertility counselors with the tools necessary to effectively assess and treat couples experiencing fertility problems so that these couples can improve their relationships, reduce psychological and infertility related distress, and regain control and direction in their lives. The chapter will outline the challenges unique to couples experiencing infertility, and will integrate several case vignettes which portray common profiles of couples who fertility counselors may encounter. Gender differences in how couples communicate and cope with infertility distress will be presented. The chapter will also examine the impact of infertility on a couple’s sexual relationship, strategies to help couples best share infertility related treatment information with others and the importance of working through grief and loss. The challenges unique to couples experiencing age-related fertility decline will also be presented, as will the usefulness of mindful meditation as a method for approaching fertility related thoughts and feelings."
Cambridge University Press
fertility, infertility, couples counseling, fertility counseling, relationship stress
Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling
Peterson, B. (2015). Fertility counseling for couples. In S.N. Covington (Ed.), Fertility Counseling: Clinical Guide and Case Studies (pp. 60-73). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Sharon N. Covington (Ed.). Published by Cambridge University Press.