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International Infertility  Counseling Organisation

Helsinki 2016

On July 2nd, from 12.00 to 18.00,  IICO together with the Finnish Fertility Association held the workshop “Offspring and Access to Donor Records”

Here you can download the programme and invitation. In the “Stay informed” section (which you can subscribe) you can read about this workshop and look at the powerpoint presentations.

Geneva 2017

In July 2017, IICO together with the Swiss Fertiforum held a workshop on infertility counselling on the Saturday prior to the ESHRE conference. We have just put all the presentations online and you can download them as PDF documents. If you subscribe the news (see “stay informed” when you scroll down) you will automatically receive the invitation for the next workshop.

International developments

In the last years, many infertility counseling organizations were founded world-wide. Hereyou can see the contact details of national infertility counseling organizations.

Welcome to the IICO


IICO is short for the International Infertility Counseling Organisation. IICO is the international umbrella organization for national fertility counseling organisations.

Our goal is to bring together professional organizations and individual practitioners in infertility counseling worldwide in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience and in order to further the development of infertility counseling. There are currently over 10 national organizations and we strive to hold a work-shop every two years in conjunction with international conferences.

If you are interested in events, browse our website and subscribe to our blog (see below). If you are interested in contacting like-minded professionals in other countries, send them an email. If you have any questions regarding IICO or suggestions you would like to make, please use the contact form to be in touch with us.

Linda Hammer Burns (USA)

Petra Thorn (DE)

Sheila Pike (UK)

Uschi van den Broeck (BE)

Tewes Wischmann (DE)

PS. Parts of this website are currently work in progress. If you seek information but cannot find it, let us know!

Canada: International Conference

On September 7th 2015, will be held Infertility Without Borders, the first international conference on infertility awareness. The event will bring together representatives of patient groups from across the globe, healthcare professionals and local policy-makers. The... read more

New book for fertility professionals

Fertility Counselling – clinical guide and case studies. edited by Sharon Covington The above book will come out soon and is available from Cambridge University Press. Many IICO-colleagues have contributed to this book. Here more about the content: Using real-world... read more

Dinner in Lisbon

Dinner in Lisbon: Saturday, June 13th at 7 pm (19.00) ESHRE will take place in Lisbon this year and we are in the process of organizing a dinner on the Saturday evening prior to the SIG meetings.   If you would like to join us, send an email to Petra Thorn... read more

Conference in Switzerland

On November 13th, there will be a conference in Switzerland on ART and third party reproduction. Here the information in German: Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren Fortpflanzungsmedizin aus religiöser Sicht. Standpunkte. Donnerstag, 13.11.2014, Zürich Leihmutterschaft,... read more

Gestational Surrogacy: What’s happening around the World?

by Linda Hammer Burns 23.09.2014 Infertility is an existential crisis of grand proportion and, as such, many individuals and couples go to great lengths to achieve parenthood pursuing medical treatments for years at great financial expense, emotional turmoil, even in... read more

ESHRE Pre-Congress Course 2015

June 2015 The Pre-Congress “Psychology & Counselling” Course of ESHRE will focus on Global (in)fertility: cross-cultural challenges for counsellors. You find more information... read more

Workshops in Melbourne, Australia

ANZICA, the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counselling Association is holding two workshops in Melbourne on October 30-31. One is dedicated to transgender issues in fertility, the other one to children in the counseling room. You can find our more and register... read more


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