Most couples faced with the diagnosis of infertility are unaware of the physical, psychological and financial burden the infertility will bring on them. This provides for a specific role of counseling of the infertile couple’s road to final success. The role of the doctor in this is not only to determine the optimal ways of processing and treating infertility, but also to guide the patients who, on a daily basis, feel angry, powerless, guilty, depressed, and are often faced with pressure coming from the surroundings and the family. Apart from the support an infertile couple receives from their family doctors, primary gynecologist and reproductive endocrinologist, support from other infertile couples coming through discussions in Internet forums is often priceless.
There are also groups of patients who require a psychologist to cope with issues related to infertility. Most often these are the patients who donate or receive an egg, semen or an embryo, patients going for a surrogate or adoption, patients who are highly depressed or have a previous psychiatric diagnosis, homosexual couples or couples who need genetic counseling either due to their personal health issues or issues running in the family.