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Timothy N. Hickman, M.D. | Laurie J. McKenzie, M.D. | Katherine K. McKnight, M.D.
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Support Groups

At Houston IVF, we provide advanced fertility treatment with a superior level of care. However, there is often much more to overcoming fertility problems than the medical aspect of treatment. Having trouble becoming pregnant can be the source of fear, anger, frustration, confusion, and a host of other complex emotions. That is why we  recommend that our patients participate in some type of infertility support program while undergoing treatment at our practice. We maintain a licensed clinical social worker at the practice and host a monthly support group as well.

Houston IVF - Other ResourcesMany patients benefit from attending the monthly infertility support group. This option can make such a big difference in a couple’s treatment experience. These groups are made up of people who have gone through, or are currently going through, the very same struggles as our patients. Sharing stories, advice, perspectives, and sympathy with others in the same situation helps patients realize that they are not alone in their journey. It also provides a network of people to turn to when emotions--be they frustration, rage, or even elation--need to be expressed.

Studies have even shown that people who take the time to care for their own emotional needs during fertility treatment tend to be more successful in achieving pregnancy as well. Consider these findings:

  • Women who were in their second year of infertility, who were not experiencing depression, and who received group psychological intervention to help them avoid becoming depressed had significantly increased rates of viable pregnancies compared to women who did not receive preventative treatment for depression (Reproductive Endocrinology 73:4, April 2000).
  • Women who received treatment for depression showed a 60 percent viable pregnancy rate within six months, contrasting with 24 percent for women whose depression went untreated (Journal of American Women’s Medical Association 54, 1999).

 

 

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