What To Ask Your Doctor
When you and your partner go to a fertility specialist for the first time, the only question that will likely be on both of your minds is "Why can’t we have children?" However, there are other questions that are just as important to ask.
At Your Family Doctor’s Office
You main goal at the doctor’s is to learn if there is anything you can do on your own to help your chances of getting pregnant:
- How often should we be having sex to improve our chances of conceiving?
- How can I tell when I’m ovulating?
- Would changing our diet help?
- Would losing weight help?
- Should we try vitamin supplements?
- Are there any other changes to our lifestyle that we could make to improve our chances of pregnancy? How likely are these changes to work?
- Is age a factor?
- Is there a fertility specialist that you could refer us to?
- Can you recommend a counselor or a support group for us?
Choosing The Fertility Specialist
You want to make sure that your fertility specialist is the right one for you. So take the time to interview her beforehand:
- How much training and experience do you have?
- How long have you been practicing?
- Are you certified? By whom?
- Will we always be attended to by you?
- If you’re unavailable, what other doctor(s) will we see?
- Will you test and investigate both my partner and I?
- What are the associated costs with each appointment? Is there anything that insurance won’t cover?
- How long is the wait period for an appointment? (Should be no more than two months)
When it comes to treatment, you’ll want to check that whatever treatment you choose will be the best one for you:
- Are certain couples ever excluded from treatment? If so, why?
- Do you have any criteria or tests to determine which treatments are best for certain couples?
- What is your clinic’s success rate with the treatment we will be receiving? (You should be told the live birth rate, not just the pregnancy rate)
- How likely is pregnancy to result from the recommended treatment?
- What are the chances of a multiple birth pregnancy resulting from this treatment?
- How much will the treatment cost?
- Should we repeat the treatment if it fails the first time?
- What other treatments would you recommend?
- Are there alternative forms of treatment we could try?
- Can you recommend a counselor or support group for us?