Managing Psychological Trauma of Infertility

Abiola O Aiyenigba, Andrew D Weeks, Atif Rahman
African Journal of Reproductive Health 2019, 23 (2): 76-91
The psychological burdens that patients experience while undergoing treatment for infertility in both men and women are well known and documented, especially within African populations. There are not many tested practical solutions to the problem, and clinical personnel have little time for personal counselling. This article described the development and delivery of an intervention designed to manage the psychological trauma that patients experience while dealing with infertility in resource poor settings. The Fertility Life Counselling Aid (FELICIA) has been developed to manage the psychological morbidity associated with infertility using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based strategies. FELICIA provides a structured step by step guide to infertility counselling and is designed to be used by general community or hospital health workers rather than specialist psychologists or psychiatrists. This should make it a cost-effective option to deliver holistic care to patients treated for infertility, especially in resource poor settings.

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