You have been trying your best to conceive a baby using the natural method for so long now and still nothing happened. So, you decided to investigate other fertility options as an opportunity to become pregnant. You have already interviewed a couple of fertility physicians and chose one accordingly. Now that you already have a reproductive endocrinologist, there is still a need to gather information before you begin. If you are unfamiliar with medical terminology, the whole process can be intimidating. You will be less nervous and more confident if you know the procedures and how it really works.
Here are ten very important questions you need to ask your reproductive endocrinologist before starting:
1.Does your reproductive endocrinologist offer clinical trials?
Fertility treatment is very expensive and not covered by insurance in most states. Ask what are the conditions for eligibility for a clinical trial. If you qualify, inquire how you can participate. Also, ask your fertility doctor for possibilities for cancellation of trials.
2.What are the possible side effects of the drugs that are going to be used in the treatment?
It is important to understand that all drugs used have possible side effects. There are drugs that act as hormone agonists used to reduce the production of hormones from the pituitary gland but may also weaken the bones, which may lead to bone fractures. The fertility doctor must discuss in detail the description and purpose of each medication including its side effects.
3. How is the procedure going to be done?
Let the fertility specialist discuss as much as possible the steps involve in the treatment plan. Ask the fertility specialist to give you a timetable, agenda, program for medicines, dates, names, and the operation to be performed at each appointment. It would be particularly useful if it will be in writing in order to have enough time at home and read.
4. Who will be your point of contact?
Find out who will answer your questions. During your in vitro fertilization procedure, ask questions about the program of nursing and medicines. If you can identify the right person to contact, it is more likely to get a quicker response.
5. Who performs the procedures?
Before doing the actual fertility tests and treatment, determine who will perform the procedures. Also during the procedure, be sure to interact with your reproductive endocrinologist, the nurses and their other colleagues by getting to know them well.
6. How many embryos are being transferred during in vitro fertilization?
If you undergo IUI procedure, you should know the largest number of follicles before they could erase them. If you use injections, the number of follicles is also important. Every reproductive endocrinologist has different protocol and the number of follicles or embryos transferred varies for every patient.
7. What are the risks for twins or more babies?
This includes the possibility of double or higher-order multiple pregnancy and the risks to the health of mothers and babies. Ask your fertility specialist how to minimize these risks so you can also prepare for them.
8. What are the possible causes of the withdrawal of treatment?
It is advisable to ascertain the possibility that the treatment may be revoked. Talk to your fertility specialist about the possible reasons for this to occur so you can prepare for it.
9. Does your reproductive endocrinologist encourage or recommend complementary or alternative medicine?
Studies have shown that some forms of alternative medicine can increase the success rate of fertility treatments. Ask if your fertility doctor has a reference list for these types of treatment. If not, coordinate with them about other fertility options.
10. What outside resources do your fertility specialist recommend?
Your reproductive endocrinologist may know some outside resources that you do not know about. Ask for recommendations about these resources aside from the magazines, books and support groups that the clinic offers.
The desire to become pregnant is often taxing and can become too stressful for women and their partners. Learning its process and gathering information is helpful in overcoming this difficult stage. The more you know, the less nervous you become. Keep in mind that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Ask your fertility doctor what you need to know and what bothers you the most. Voicing out your concerns before starting the cycle can help alleviate anxiety during the treatment.
This Article is written by Lena Butler, contributor of Health & Drug Testing Information Center.