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Talking to Your Healthcare Provider About Infertility in Men
- 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 understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Can my infertility be cured?
- I am not impotent. Can I still be infertile?
- How can you determine if I'm infertile?
- Does my occupation affect my risk of infertility?
- Is my tobacco or alcohol use affecting my fertility?
- Does my past sexual history play a role in my fertility today?
- Is my physical activity affecting my fertility?
- Are the prescription or over-the-counter medications I take affecting my fertility?
- Can the causes of my infertility be treated with medications?
- Will I need surgery if I’m infertile?
- Can any of the new reproductive technologies be used to treat the causes of my infertility?
- Are there any alternative or complementary therapies I should consider?
- What is the success rate of the above treatments?
- Will I need to quit smoking and drinking alcohol?
- Do I need vitamin or mineral supplements?
- Can I still play sports?
- Are there foods I should eat to improve my fertility?
- What are our chances of getting pregnant after we are treated?
- Will we need to undergo treatment again if we want more children?
- Can any of these treatments cause long-term problems? Are they reversible?
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 12/2014
- Update Date: 12/20/2014