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Infertility Questions

Between ever-changing success rate statistics and your feelings about the journey that got you there, choosing and committing to a fertility treatment can be overwhelming. Fortunately, your fertility doctor is a valuable resource available to you throughout your journey.

As you evaluate the pros and cons of a particular fertility treatment, be sure to ask your fertility specialist(s) the following questions. It is important that you have all of the necessary knowledge for you and your partner to make an informed decision.

Are there are any possible long-term risks?

  • These include increased risk of birth defects, premature birth and low birth weight.
  • The American Fertility Association reports that “any medication that causes unusual hormone production could potentially cause cancer in the reproductive system.”
  • Several fertility drugs, including Clomid, can cause ovarian hyperstimulation sydrome, which occurs when the ovaries  ecome very swollen and fluid leaks into the belly and chest area. Ovarian hyperstimulation may result in mild to severe symptoms such as slight weight gain or stopped urination.

Do I need to change my sexual activities during treatment?

  • Is there an optimal time to have intercourse to improve my chances of getting pregnant? According to JustMommies.com, having sex three times a week can increase your chances of conceiving.
  • Should I plan to have sex on certain days during my cycle? Check out About.com’s recommendations on when to have sex.

How long should I continue treatment before it is considered ineffective?

  • What are the statistical chances that the treatment will yield results after several unsuccessful attempts? The chances of IVF success, for example, fall below 15% after five tries.

Does my age affect treatment options?

  • Studies have show that after age 35, the likelihood of a woman’s success with fertility treatment declines.
  • As a woman ages, there is a natural age-related decrease in the number of eggs that remain in her ovaries. This decline may take place much sooner than most women expect, according to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.
  • Dr. Oz explored the controversial topic of the increasing trend of women waiting longer and longer to conceive. What are the health risks, the financial costs, and society’s view of women waiting to have children at a later age?

How much monitoring is required for this type of treatment?

  • Some treatments, such as gonadotropin therapy, require regular monitoring via ultrasound and blood test at your fertility doctor’s office or lab.
  • Consider whether you will be able to work these monitoring appointments into your schedule.

Our therapists have over two decades of experience improving female fertility. Learn more about treating infertility naturally.