You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk and background with female infertility. Talking openly and often with your doctor can help you make good choices.
Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it simpler for you to talk to your doctor:
Bring another person with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
Write your questions down so you don't forget them.
Write down the answers you get. Make sure you grasp what you are hearing. Ask for help, if needed.
Don't be afraid to ask your questions or where you can find more info. You have a right to know.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk
Am I at risk based on my history?
Am I taking any medicine that puts me at risk?
How do I best prevent this health problem?
About Treatment Options
How do I best treat this?
What medicines can help?
What are the benefits and side effects?
Will these medicines cause problems with over the counter products, dietary or herbal supplements, or other medicines I take?
Can I use assisted reproductive technologies (ART), such as IVF?
About Assisted Reproductive Technologies
What are the success rates?
Can I use my own eggs?
Will my insurance cover it?
About Lifestyle Changes
Do I need to gain or lose weight?
Do I need to stay away from caffeine and alcohol?
How much exercise is too much if I am having trouble getting pregnant?
How often do I need a pelvic exam?
Infertility fact sheet. Office on Women's Health—US Department of Health and Human Services website. Available at: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/infertility.html. Updated August 30, 2018. Accessed December 31, 2018.
Tips for talking to your doctor. American Academy of Family Physicians Family Doctor website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/healthcare-management/working-with-your-doctor/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor.html. Updated January 19, 2018. Accessed December 31, 2018
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