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Korean Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2011;54(10):611-617.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5468/KJOG.2011.54.10.611    Published online October 1, 2011.
Current status of infertility counseling in Korea.
Ra Hyun Kim, Won Moo Lee, Young Jae Kim, Young Mo Sung, Jeong Kyu Hoh, Dong woon Han, Young Min Choi, Jung Hye Hwang
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. hwangjh@hanyang.ac.kr
2Department of Preventive Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
The recent fertility decline deepened concern about the emotional side of infertility problems as well as social, ethical, legal and psychological aspect and increased awareness of the importance of consultation. In this study, we evaluated the current condition of infertility counseling for couples participated in the project supporting infertile couples by Ministry of Health and Welfare in Korea. METHODS: Postal survey was administered to infertility couples who received medical cost support in 2006 and 2008. We investigated 11 different of infertility counseling through the postal survey. RESULTS: The most common number was two or three sessions of counseling before infertility treatment (409 cases in 2006, 534 cases in 2008, respectively). The most common counselor to infertile couples was a physician, (1,009 cases in 2006, 879 cases in 2008, respectively). The most common form of counseling was verbal counseling in the office of the physician to the patient or couple alone and psychological testing was not performed in 1,133 cases among 1,182 cases in 2006 and 1,105 among 1,227 in 2008 respectively. One of the most stressful events during treatment was results announcement and the most helpful person was the spouse. CONCLUSION: Many infertile couples who received the psychological counseling answered that it was helpful in stabilizing the emotional status of patients and professional psychological counseling of infertile couples with access as a teams will be needed. Further investigations are needed to study the effects that various infertility counseling methods can promote the infertility treatment process and outcomes.
Key Words: Infertility, Infertility counseling, In vitro fertilization-embryo transfer

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