National Infertility Awareness Week was just last week. This purpose of this campaign was to encourage people who have been battling infertility to seek help from a doctor. It also encourages them to seek the support of their family members and friends. Additionally, people are encouraged to ask their insurance company if they will cover infertility treatments. It is important to note that infertility is a common problem. It is estimated that 15 percent of couples are battling infertility.
Questions to Ask Your Fertility Doctor
When you’re ready to take the leap, consider these important questions to ask your fertility doctor during a consultation.
- What are some of the reasons we have been unable to conceive?
- What treatments should we try first?
- What is the success rate of these treatments?
- How many times do people have to try this treatment before it works?
- What medical tests do I need to get before I get this treatment?
- What are the short-term side effects of this treatment? Are there any long-term complications?
- Will we provided with a psychologist if we choose a sperm or egg donor?
- Do we have access to egg donors, sperm donors, or surrogates through this fertility clinic?
If you are in an LGBT relationship, then there are additional questions to ask your fertility doctor.
- Can you recommend an attorney to me who has experience in family law in the LGBT community?
- Will you work with the donor agency and reproductive attorney that I already have?
- How many gay patients do you have?
- What options do I have that will allow both partners to be physically-involved in the process? Is there a way to make sure that both parents are biologically-related to the child?
You should not hesitate to ask your doctor any of these questions about infertility and the potential treatments. The more you know about infertility, the easier it will be for you to get it treated.