Coping with infertility: a body-mind group intervention programme for infertile couples

Hum Reprod. 2004 Aug;19(8):1917-23. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deh323. Epub 2004 May 20.


Background: The recognition of the distressing character of infertility diagnosis and treatment has led to the development of several psychosocial interventions for infertile couples. At the Leuven University Fertility Centre, a body-mind marital group intervention was developed to help infertile couples cope with the distress related to infertility.

Methods and results: This treatment programme was originally adapted from a mind-body approach, but integrated concepts and techniques from body-oriented therapy, art therapy and multi-family group therapy. In this paper, the therapeutic foundations, treatment goals and practical implications of the mind-body marital group intervention are outlined. Further, the treatment procedure is explained in detail and illustrated by clinical vignettes.

Conclusions: Although the first clinical impressions about the usefulness of the body-mind group programme in fertility clinics seem promising, further research is needed to assess its effectiveness.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Art Therapy*
  • Emotions
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility / psychology*
  • Infertility / therapy*
  • Male
  • Psychophysics
  • Psychophysiology / methods*
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*