For most gay men, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) can seem like a complicated journey, especially with the well-being of the surrogate and expected child seemingly outside of their direct control. Every fertility journey is different. How you cope with yours very much depends on your situation and personality.
Fertility Treatment can have an impact on your work, family, relationships, social life and self-esteem it can even feel like a lonely experience at times.
We consider the emotional well-being of our patients to be just as important as their physical health, so you can count on us for ongoing support. From counselling and dietary consultation services to complementary therapies, we’ll be with you every step of the way.
Bringing a child into the world as a gay parent brings a unique set of challenges that can take time to overcome. From the early planning stages right through to conception, specialised fertility counselling can give you the support you need.
A mandatory part of all donor and surrogacy treatment, counselling provides the opportunity to discuss things on a more personal level, making it easy to address issues like relationship difficulties, current life situations or anything else that might be worrying any of you about treatment.
Even when infertility is not an issue and everything goes smoothly, it’s helpful to have a support network around you. While friends and family can be invaluable, having your own specialist fertility counsellor will make it easier for you to discuss your experiences in more detail.
Nutrition plays a big role in reproduction and pregnancy. To carry a pregnancy to full term, sperm, egg, hormones and uterus all need to be healthy, demanding nutrients at every stage.
While food is the best source of nutrients, supplementation can also be useful if the intake of specific nutrients is lacking or a body isn’t producing enough of them.
To help your surrogate ensure her diet is the best it can be, Rainbow Fertility has a dedicated team of accredited health professionals at your service. We offer a complimentary consultation with an accredited dietitian to surrogates when they begin their first IVF cycle.
There is a diverse range of IVF Complementary Medicine (CM), providing a supportive, personal and holistic approach to treatment. Therapies include acupuncture, yoga, meditation, hypnosis, massage therapy, aromatherapy and herbal medicine. Alongside conventional and evidence-based treatments, they can offer many advantages as part of an integrated health plan.
Individuals who combine their IVF treatment with CM often claim to feel calmer, emotionally stronger, and more able to cope with the demands of the IVF regimen.
If you’d like to find out more about the support services available to you as part of the treatment, just give our friendly team a call or send us a message in confidence.
Current as at 01.02.2016