Questions to Ask an Infertility Clinic


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Review some of the common questions you should discuss with a fertility doctor or reproductive endocrinologist. In addition, are the treatments free of side effects? These are important factors to consider when using assisted reproductive technology.

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Questions to Ask an Infertility Clinic

  1. 1. Questions to Ask an Infertility Clinic By Trudy RorensonFamily Building Page 1
  2. 2. A patient who goes to an infertility clinic should come preparedwith a list of questions to ask the doctor upon their initialconsultation. Prepare yourself before your appointment, andwrite down your questions so you dont forget to ask any ofthem.The more knowledge you can collect as a patient who isexperiencing infertility, the more comfortable you may feelthroughout the process and the less stress you might carry withyou throughout.Stress can be a detriment to fertility, so reducing stress is oftenimportant to couples going through this process. The followingare 9 questions to ask during your visit to an infertility clinic.Ask what tests and examinations are going to be performed indetermining the cause of your infertility. Common male testsinclude the semen analysis, while women are often subjected tovarious tests and exams.Ask what will be done if the cause of infertility is not clear.Various fertility treatments may be performed in cases ofunexplained infertility, or when the cause of the problem cannotbe identified through the bests performed by the clinic.Family Building Page 2
  3. 3. Ask which treatments are used at this facility, and which aremost common. Some clinics offer one or two procedures, whileothers offer several procedures and various ancillary treatmentsand services.Ask who will be treating you. Will you receive treatment from alarge team of doctors so you see a new one every time, or willyou see a set of doctors and nurses with whom you becomefamiliar and develop a relationship over the course of thetreatment.If going through IVF or other assisted reproductivetechnologies, ask how many embryos are transferred. Manylimit the number of embryos transferred to reduce the chance ofmultiple births.If applicable, or if curious, ask about egg and donor spermprograms available at the clinic or at other clinics.Ask about counseling programs or other services designed tocater to the emotional stress that many couples go throughduring the process. Many offer ancillary treatments and servicesdesigned to reduce stress and/or improve fertility.Family Building Page 3
  4. 4. Ask if your insurance will cover the cost of treatment. Someplans will cover infertility treatment, while others offer limitedcoverage or no coverage.Finally, ask if the clinic offers payment plans, especially if yourinsurance does not cover the cost of treatment or only coverssome of it. Many clinics offer plans to help couples pay fortreatment.Are There Possible Side Effects With Fertility Treatment?Side effects are possible with most medical procedures andtreatments, including those designed to improve fertility or toovercome infertility.Its important that patients or couples understand the risks andpotential complications facing them when they pursue certainprocedures so they may make an informed decision whether toreceive treatment or not.The consultation period with a fertility specialist beforereceiving treatment is an essential step in understanding onescondition as well as the treatment and its possible complications.Family Building Page 4
  5. 5. The side effects present with fertility treatment depend largelyon the type of procedure that is performed. For instance, in vitrofertilization (IVF) is one of the most common and well-knowntreatments available.The procedure may increase the chances of an ectopicpregnancy, which is a condition in which the embryo implants inthe fallopian tubes instead of the uterus. Other forms of assistedreproductive technology (ART) are used to help patients becomepregnant, too.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) conducted a study thatfound that certain birth defects are two to four times more likelyin babies that are born using ART procedures. The risk is stilllow, but it is important to discuss this possibility with thefertility specialist before treatment.Any fertility procedure or treatment in which multiple embryosor eggs are produced may result in multiple pregnancies. Toreduce this risk, many specialists release only a select number ofembryos to the uterus, although this does not completelyeliminate the risk of multiple births.Some countries even encourage women or couples to transferonly one embryo per session, although this reduces the chancesFamily Building Page 5
  6. 6. of success for each treatment session. Fertility medications mayalso increase this risk, as these medications are designed toincrease egg production.Fertility medicines may have other side effects, too. Somewomen choose not to take fertility medications, while otherstake them to increase their chances of success by boosting eggproduction.Many who undergo IVF and other procedures in which multipleeggs are extracted choose to first stimulate egg production bytaking fertility medication.The problem is complex in terms of ovarian cancer by the factthat infertility alone is linked with an elevated danger, a programdirector for the NYU Fertility Center Jamie Grifo, MD. states,"If you diagnose infertile adult women with the commonpopulation, theyve an increased occurrence of ovarian cancer,however not one thats brought on by IVF".A considerable Danish report distributed through print media in2009 discovered no connection between ovarian cancer andfertility drugs.Family Building Page 6
  7. 7. And while a Dutch report published in 2011 concluded thatwasnt a major disparity in statistics of invasive ovarian cancersas women who had undergone IVF had a slightly greater dangerof "marginal ovarian tumors" (treatable growths which arehardly ever lethal) in contrast with infertile adult women whodidnt bear the treatment.Laurie McKenzie, MD, director at Houston IVF claims that"IVF has been utilized for roughly 35 years. "If there was asizeable rise in ratios on account of these treatments, we wouldhave recognized it by now."Make sure you discuss all of the potential side effects andsymptoms to watch for with the specialist before undergoing anytreatment or taking any fertility drug.Review the following sites to find out more information onadvanced fertility procedures at a Ft-Lauderdale InfertilityClinic and BostonIVF’s solutions in becoming pregnant,becoming a parent, and general question regarding FertilityTreatment in the USA.Family Building Page 7