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LET DOWN: LACK OF SUPPORT FOR FERTILITY PATIENTS BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER TREATMENT

Three quarters of individuals receiving counselling for fertility problems say it is helpful in dealing with the associated high levels of psychological distress, suicidal feelings and relationship breakdown experienced yet only a minority (44 per cent) of people affected do receive counselling and the majority of these (54 per cent) have to fund some of it themselves, according to a national survey from patient charity Fertility Network UK.

The survey, conducted in association with Middlesex University London, assessed the impact of failing to conceive and the subsequent impact of fertility treatment on both women and men. It found levels of emotional distress were extremely high: approaching half of all respondents reported, on average, feeling sad, out of control, frustrated, helpless, fearful and worried nearly all of the time. 90 per cent of respondents reported feeling depressed and 42 per cent of respondents experienced suicidal feelings. Those who had unsuccessful treatment reported greater distress as well as more frequent suicidal thoughts.

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