What is reproductive health & fertility counselling?

Reproductive health counselling addresses the emotional concerns and daily challenges related to fertility, hormones, the menstrual cycle, sexual health, pelvic pain, pregnancy and postpartum. From puberty to menopause, women can spend approximately 30 years of their lives coping with issues related to reproductive health, whether it's trying to conceive, managing PMS symptoms, coping with miscarriage, or making the difficult decision to end a pregnancy.

Reproductive health events are often major transitions in women's lives. Infertility, for example, can be perceived as just as distressing as diagnosis of a terminal illness and can contribute to significant challenges in day-to-day functioning, relationships, and in mental health & well-being. It can be helpful to have extra support and information from someone who understands the process.

Reproductive health counselling can help you with:

  • Infertility and fertility concerns
  • Coping with the challenges of trying to conceive
  • Assisted reproductive technologies and fertility treatments (IVF, IUI)
  • Third-party reproduction (donor eggs/sperm/embryos, surrogacy) 
  • Making the decision to keep trying to conceive, to adopt, or to live child-free
  • Postpartum/perinatal depression and anxiety
  • Pregnancy decision-making (pro-choice)
  • Pregnancy loss (miscarriage, recurrent loss, neonatal loss, stillbirth, late-term/genetics terminations, abortion)
  • Preparation for pregnancy, labour & childbirth, and parenting
  • Relationship changes when trying to conceive and when becoming a parent
  • Coping with the symptoms of PMS/PMDD or menopause
  • Managing pelvic pain (e.g., PCOS, endometriosis, vulvodynia, PVD) 
  • Coping with diminished ovarian reserve, premature ovarian failure
  • Making relationships work when dealing with sexual pain
  • Making the decision to have a hysterectomy 
  • Preparing for childbirth

Holly Yager, MEd, RCC, CCC has over 15 years experience working with clients who are experiencing reproductive health, reproductive mental health, and fertility challenges.