You have your own health past. Talking openly and often with your doctor about infertility and IVF. This way, you can make the best choices for you and your family.
General Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:
Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
Write out your questions ahead of time, so you don’t forget them.
Write down the answers you get and make sure you grasp what you are hearing. Ask for help, if needed.
Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Infertility Treatment Options
What is my best option for treating
Should I try fertility medicines or other procedures before IVF?
What medicines can I try to treat infertility?
What are the benefits and side effects of these medicines?
Will these medicines interact with other medicines, supplements, or herbs I take?
What other procedures may help treat my infertility?
What are the benefits and side effects of these procedures?
About the Decision to Undergo IVF
Will my insurance cover the costs?
What are the IVF success rates at your clinic?
Based on my age, diagnosis, and other personal factors, what success rates can I expect?
Can I use my own eggs?
Can I carry the pregnancy to term myself or will I need a surrogate mother?
What are my risks involved with IVF?
About the IVF Procedure
What medicines will I have to take during my IVF cycle?
Will I take progesterone suppositories or shots?
If I take progesterone shots, how should they be given?
When will I start progesterone?
How will I be watched during ovulation induction. Are ultrasound and blood tests used?
What type of anesthesia will be used in the egg retrieval?
Where will the egg retrieval and embryo transfer take place?
How many days after egg retrieval will the embryo transfer happen?
How many embryos will likely be transferred?
Should I freeze any unused embryos after the transfer?
How long will I stay in the clinic after the transfer, and will I have to be on bedrest?
When will I take a pregnancy test?
About Other Reproductive Procedures
Am I a candidate for other assisted reproductive procedures, such as gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) or zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT)?
Am I a candidate for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)?
What are the benefits and risks of these procedures?
How will these procedures affect my chances of success?
Getting the most out of your doctor appointment. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Updated January 19, 2018. Accessed March 7, 2019.
In vitro fertilization: IVF. American Pregnancy Association website. Available at: https://americanpregnancy.org/infertility/in-vitro-fertilization. Updated January 10, 2019. Accessed March 7, 2019.
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