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Talking to Your Doctor about Prenatal Testing
General Tips for Gathering Information
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask to have information written down or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
Specific Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- Based on my age, family history and medical history, which prenatal tests are right for me?
- What do the different tests measure?
- How reliable are the different tests?
- What are my options if a test indicates there is a problem?
- How accurate is the test?
- How long before I get the results?
- What do you hope to learn from this test?
- Is the procedure painful?
- Is the procedure dangerous to me or the fetus?
- What are the risks?
- Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
- What will happen if I do not do this test?
- How much will the test cost?
- Is the test covered by insurance?
- What do I need to do to prepare for the test?
- What are my options if the test indicates there is a problem?
- Do you recommend that I have this test?
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 12/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015