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Counseling in assisted reproductive technology

 Bridge Clinic, 66 Oduduwa Way, GRA Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

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Etang Abang,
Bridge Clinic, 66 Oduduwa Way, GRA Ikeja, Lagos.
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DOI: 10.4103/ajiac.ajiac_2_21

The background history of counseling in assisted reproductive technology (ART) relates to when technology was introduced into the infertility treatment of clients. The public reaction then was intense on concern over the vulnerability of potential users and the welfare of children either created or affected by it. As a response, the development of Human Fertilization and Embryology Act (HFEA) in 1990 established infertility counseling with recommendations to address the public perception of moral and social acceptability of ART by the society. The recommendations outlined requirements for clinics offering infertility treatment to individuals and couples to provide counseling for the associated symptoms and treatment consequences that clients may experience with ART. The purpose, definition, indications, types, and scope for counseling in ART were also addressed. Infertility counseling in ART incorporates a clinical team approach consisting of the fertility doctor, fertility nurses, professional counselors and embryologist who through information empower and support clients to cope well with the infertility experiences.

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