How To Talk to Your Doctor About Infertility

Infertility can be a very sensitive issue with many couples. If you think that you may be infertile, here's how you can open up a dialogue with your doctor.

  1. Timing. First of all, consider when you should talk with your doctor. If you are fairly young and if you have only recently married, there is no reason why you should talk to a doctor about fertility treatments just because you have not conceived during the first year of marriage - if that is the plan. In some cases, it is possible that you and your spouse simply are not engaging in intercourse during the time of the month when you are fertile. If you are already thirty five and you still cannot conceive, however, it may be best to schedule the dialogue as quickly as possible.
  2. Preparing your questions. Once you have scheduled the visit to the doctor, make sure that you prepare your list of questions beforehand. Remember, fertility treatments are a serious endeavor and can even be quite costly. You should know everything about it as early as possible, and you should know all of the questions that you want to ask the doctor as soon as possible. Take a pad of paper and list down questions such as the types of tests that can be done on you, the reasons for your infertility, the treatment options, the chances of being able to conceive, et cetera.
  3. Prepare yourself for tests. Know that a visit to the doctor does not only involve talking with the doctor, but also involves taking tests. make sure that you ask the doctor about the tests, including how the tests will be carried out, what the tests will do and what the tests will measure, and the costs for the test. Some of the usual tests that you will be subjected to include progesterone tests, follicle stimulating hormone tests, ovarian tests, and for men, semen analysis.
  4. Know your options. You will have to wait a few days before the tests results come back. Once the test results do come back, you need to ask the doctor about your options. Some people can restore their fertility simply by undergoing some lifestyle changes, such as improving the diet, getting more sleep, lessening the work load, and taking in a few medicines. Some others will need to in-vitro fertilization to conceive. Finally, people with irresolvable cases of infertility may need to consider adoption in order to have children.

Throughout the entire process of talking with your doctor and getting tested, make sure that you ask any question that comes to mind. Remember, it is your body and your family's future that is on the line. You have every right to ask questions on topics that are vague to you. If some of the terms used are unclear, also be sure to ask the doctor what the terms mean. If possible, also do your own research at home or get the second opinion of another doctor. With these in mind, you should be able to talk to a doctor about your infertility problems.


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