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Managing a negative outcome

Undergoing assisted or natural fertility treatment support can be emotionally and psychologically very challenging, especially, if you experience a negative outcome.

Obtaining this result may bring forth several feelings including;

  • Disappointment
  • Depression
  • Despair
  • Guilt (following over personalizing/self blame)
  • Anger and frustration
  • Relational difficulties
  • Low self esteem
  • Grief process – shock, disbelief, anger, depression and finally an acceptance and moving forward with decision making.

If you notice that these feelings are not lessening and are affecting other areas of your life, you may benefit from e-counselling support.

Online Fertility Counselling aims to support you following a negative outcome with:

  • A space for individuals and couples to express their feelings and explore their thoughts and beliefs relating to the outcome.
  • Integrating CBT support techniques e.g. thought records and focused journaling to process loss and increase self compassion (being your own best friend) at this challenging time
  • To support you in overcoming low self worth or over-personalising the result.
  • To provide you with self-supportive statements for difficult questions from colleagues, friends or family
  • To provide you with mindfulness based stress reduction techniques to encourage resilience and self compassion
  • To establish a self supportive care plan
  • To explore options and support clarity in decision making utilizing CBT resources


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that supports positive change with:

  • The way you think about yourself/others (e.g. partner) when facing difficulties
  • What you think about the situation (e.g. fertility problem) you are experiencing and
  • How what you do and feel is influenced by what you think and believe
  • Providing CBT & Mindfulness based handouts and exercises to support optimum emotional balance and clarity of mind

Mindfulness Therapy is beneficial because Mindfulness supports the body and the mind.

  • Integrating Mindfulness improves mental and physical health
  • It helps to relieve stress and improve sleep
  • Mindfulness is supportive in the treatment of depression, low mood, anxiety, couples conflict and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness helps people to manage painful emotions
    (Harvard Medical School)