Addressing the emotional barriers to access to reproductive care

Capsule:
Many infertile individuals do not seek out treatment or drop out of treatment owing to the psychological burden of infertility.

Authors:
Camilla W. Rich, B.A., Alice D. Domar, Ph.D.

Volume 105, Issue 5, Pages 1124-1127

Abstract:

Health care professionals make the medical care of infertility patients a priority, with the goal of achieving a singleton pregnancy for each. Patients who never seek out care, who do not return for treatment after the diagnostic workup, or who drop out of treatment are rarely noticed. Yet this is the outcome for the majority of patients, and the primary reason after financial for treatment termination is the emotional aspect. Attending to the psychological needs of our patients must become a higher priority, to provide all patients true access to care.

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