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5 questions to ask your doctor before starting infertility treatments

Have you been trying to get pregnant and not having much luck? Some women seem to get pregnant at the drop of a hat; others need the help of a fertility specialist or clinic. If you have been questioning your ability to get pregnant, it may be that you need a little help. By booking an appointment with a fertility doctor and asking some key questions, you can learn more about fertility treatments and obtain some guidance towards starting a family.

1. Does the fertility specialist offer clinical trials?

Unless you have extra insurance coverage, fertility treatments can be expensive. Doctors and clinics often run trials in which they look for participants who are willing to undergo new procedures. You will need to fill out some forms and do some testing to see if you qualify for clinical trials.

2. What kind of side effects will the drugs being used have?

It’s important to know that all drugs used can have side effects. Not everyone encounters the same side effects. Knowing what possible the possible risks and side effects could be will help you to determine if you still want to proceed. Should you experience any side effects during infertility treatments let your care provider know as soon as possible.

3. How will the procedure be done and who will be performing it?

Ask your doctor for a timetable guideline, dates, program for medicines, names, and the steps involved in the operation. Find out if your fertility doctor will be the one performing the procedure or if it will be another specialist on call that day. Inquire as to any nurses, and other colleagues involved so you can have a chance to meet them and know who they are for any assistance or to feel more secure about the situation.

4. During the invitro process how many embryos will be transferred to you?

As every specialist has different protocol, each patient is given an individual number of embryos. Make sure you know how many will be used in your procedure and whether or not you will be receiving an injection. It is quite common due to the number of embryos being used that multiple embryos implant successfully.

5. Does your doctor recommend other alternative medicine in the event that the procedure does not work?

It is possible that the procedure may not be successful. Discuss with your doctor any other alternative medicine or treatments you could try if needed. Be sure to get all the facts associated with alternative treatments including risks, side effects, success rates, and how often your doctor has done the procedure or who they recommend for alternative treatment

Caring for yourself

Do your best to keep yourself healthy. Relax and allow your body to do what it can with the procedure or other approved alternative treatment. Ask your doctor as many questions as you need to in order to feel secure. No question is a stupid question. If at any time you’re uncomfortable or feel you need to change the course of treatment, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor and he can recommend alternative treatments that will suit you more.

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