Associated Specialists

Associated Doctor

Dr Razak Dhansay

Graduated from the University of Natal as a medical doctor in 1983.He qualified as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist from the University of Cape Town in 1992.He did his training in infertility at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in Scotland.On his return he has been practising form the Cape Fertility Clinic SINCE 1995.He is familiar with all aspects of Male and Femaleinfertility and has extensive experience in the treatment of the above.He is also presently a part time consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Website Address: www.fertilityspecialists.co.za

Associated Psychologists

Leanne van der Westhuizen – Clinical Psychologist

The journey of fertility treatment involves the psychological as well as the medical,the emotional as well as the physical,the mind and the body.The Cape Fertility Clinic is committed to ensuring that all these aspects of a patient’s well-being are met.We therefore have an onsite Psychologist who has a special interest in reproductive health and fertility related counseling.

The psychological services include couple counselling, stress-management, infertility-related counseling, assessment and evaluation (for example in a surrogate pregnancy) and psycho-education. The counseling aim is to help patients reduce the level of stress associated with treatment and infertility.Research has shown that the most stressful moments during the IVF process are the days leading up to retrieval, waiting for pregnancy results, dealing with an unsuccessful cycle and decision making regarding next steps.Even a positive pregnancy test can cause anxious feelings at the same time as the excitement.

Specific counseling strategies have been designed to help patients cope with these stages of treatment.In addition, counseling can facilitate coping with the overwhelming feelings of sadness, anger or blame, and address the short- and long-term implications of having children with donated gametes or other alternatives to natural conception.

Please contact Leanne van der Westhuizen on 021 671 1116 should you wish to book an appointment. Leanne is a counselling psychologist. She trained at UCT and the University of Stellenbosch where she graduated Cum Laude.