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5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Infertility Treatment
That first appointment can be overwhelming-- here are the major questions you should walk away with answers to
February 18, 2019
You’ve spoken to your partner, and you’ve made an appointment with your doctor to discuss infertility treatment. That’s great news! But what exactly should you ask? There are probably a million questions swarming around your head, but which ones are the best to ask on this first appointment? In this article we’ll discuss the top five questions that every couple should discuss with their infertility doctor:
What health and lifestyle habits might be affecting us?
How is a diagnosis made and what does that mean for us?
What are our chances of success?
What are the costs of treatment?
1. How Health and Lifestyle Affect You
Sometimes your lifestyle and health choices can have an affect on your and your partner’s ability to conceive. Ask your doctor if losing weight or cutting back on alcohol could have some helpful effects. Also, be sure to discuss your stress levels, both at both home and work. Are there any activities that could help de-stress your situation? Yoga and meditation might help eliminate some unwanted stress.
2. How is the diagnosis made and what does it mean?
When a diagnosis is made, it’s helpful to ask your doctor to interpret the results. If either you or your partner have a condition that is causing the infertility, ask them to explain how this happens. If the reasons for your infertility are not clear, make sure to ask for some follow up tests that might help pinpoint a cause.
3. What are the recommended treatments?
There are all kinds of treatment options when it comes to infertility, and only you and your doctor know which is best for you. Perhaps there is something your doctor can recommend right away, such as which medications to start. If your doctor thinks that surgery would be your best option, perhaps discuss if there are any less-invasive options you could try first.
4. Chances of success?
Another important question for your doctor is to ask what are the rates of success for each type of fertility treatment. It would also be helpful to know how many rounds of treatment were required in each successful case and if multiple treatments were used. Based on that information you can decide which treatment option would be right for you.
5. What are the costs of treatment?
What are the costs for all this is the question that is on every couple’s mind, so be sure to inquire whether these treatments will be fully or partially covered by your insurance. Be sure to ask if there will be any out of pocket costs as well, and if so, what those will be. It would be helpful to know if your doctor’s office offers financing for any of their treatments, as that might influence your decision as well.
It can be difficult to discuss these personal matters with your doctor, but going into your appointment armed with these questions should make it a little easier. You and your partner are going to start this journey together, and you should have as much information as possible. That way, you can make the right choice together.
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