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Talking to Your Doctor About Infertility in Women
- 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 your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Based on my family and medical history, sexual practices and lifestyle, am I at risk for infertility?
- Am I currently taking any medication that puts me at risk for infertility?
- How do I best prevent infertility?
- How do I best treat infertility?
What medications are available to me to treat infertility?
- What are the benefits and side effects of these medications?
- Will these medications interact with other medications, over-the-counter products, or dietary or herbal supplements I am taking for other conditions?
- Does my type of infertility make me a good candidate for 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 the costs?
- Do I need to gain or lose weight?
- Do I need to avoid all caffeine and alcohol or is an occasional drink safe?
- How much exercise is too much if I am having trouble conceiving?
- How often do I need a pelvic exam?
- Reviewer: Beverly Siegal, MD, FACOG
- Review Date: 05/2017
- Update Date: 12/20/2014