While medical reproductive sciences have been a beacon of hope for childless parents worldwide, helping them conceive healthy babies, the fertility treatments can sometimes prove to be pressurizing. The health concerns and the process, the hope and the wanton despair make for a highly sensitive time for to-be parents looking for a solution through IVF. And while it is not unlikely for the couples going through the process to feel isolated, the doctors have become increasingly substantial in giving them the hope and encouragement, in addition to the necessary medical expertise.
For couples struggling to conceive, the safety, the concern and the hope of an IVF’s success is shared by doctors and staff assisting in the process. As an IVF expert and the head of IVF team at the Millennium Medical Centre MMC IVF- Dubai, Dr Gautam Allahbadia lays emphasis on the extended role of a doctor. “While specialists talk about the medical conditioning of infertility, the cognitive and emotional repercussions should be equally weighed. For couples who opt for assisted reproduction, the process can become effortless through a doctor’s support and encouragement. Empowering your patients can definitely help provide a better health outcome,” he alludes.
The concerned medical expert can not only be an unbelievable support system to the families, but also help them give hope, which boosts self-confidence. “Creating greater access for people who have not had infertility treatments historically, and creating a friendlier, more emotionally aware support system for people going through the emotionally fraught process of fertility treatments is generally a really good thing,” says Karen Levy, a sociologist and lawyer at Cornell University who studies the social, legal, and ethical dimensions of emerging technologies.”
Multiple studies lay focus on how unregulated stress may adversely impact one’s reproductive ability. Often considered as a form of ‘abnormality’ or ‘incompleteness’, infertility leads couples towards a silent grief with often leads to emotional stress. Therefore, maintaining your mental health throughout the process of infertility treatments is imperative. A “stressed couple” might have lesser chance of procreation than that of a de-stressed couple. Medical interventions that reduce the psychological stress related to infertility are also observed to improve the IVF cycle successes considerably. The proximity of stress to the timing of IVF is suggested as being highly consequential.
Undergoing assisted reproduction helps intended couples bear their own child, but it is a long and intense process requiring emotional, financial and physical contribution. However, personalized fertility program highlights the extended role of a doctor in a couple’s pregnancy journey, where he can help them develop an internal positive feeling and giving them a renewed sense of hope.