Talking to Your Doctor About Infertility in Women
You have your own health history. Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and background with infertility. By talking openly and often with your doctor, you can take an active role in your care.
Tips for Gathering Information
Here are some tips that will make it easier to talk to your doctor:
- Bring someone with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write down your questions down so you do not forget them.
- Write down the answers you get and make sure you understand what you are hearing.
- Ask for help if you need it. Do not be afraid to ask questions or ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
About Your Risk
- Am I at risk based on my history?
- Am I taking any medicine that puts me at risk?
- How do I best prevent this health problem?
About Treatment Options
- How do I best treat this?
- What medicines can help?
- What are the benefits and side effects?
- Will these medicines cause problems with over the counter products, dietary or herbal supplements, or other medicines I take?
- Can I use 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 it?
About Lifestyle Changes
- Do I need to gain or lose weight?
- Do I need to stay away from tobacco and alcohol?
- When is the best time in my cycle to try to conceive?
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- Mary-Beth Seymour, RN
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