Infertility and In Vitro Fertilization. Arguments to Support Proper Counseling


  • Mihail Adeodatus Ungureanu "Gr.T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași, Romania
  • Beatrice Ioan "Gr.T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iași, Romania



infertility, in vitro fertilization, psychological aspects, social aspects, counseling


Infertility is a growing problem worldwide, with significant medical, psychological, social, ethical, and legal implications. In vitro fertilization is a procedure of medically assisted human reproduction which aims at solving the consequences of infertility and not treating it. The conception of a child using in vitro fertilization is a complex medical undertaking which on the one hand involves several people (the woman who seeks to become pregnant, the infertile couple, the family, the medical staff, etc.) and which, on the other hand, can generate an array of psychosocial issues that are difficult to cope with. In this paper, the authors review the psychological and social consequences of infertility and the failure of the in vitro fertilization procedure and support a proper counseling of people suffering from infertility who resort to in vitro fertilization, to prevent or control the psychological reactions generated by the potential failure of this procedure and by the inability to procreate.