Preparing For Infertility Treatment

Realizing that you cannot get pregnant without the help of medical intervention can be a daunting reality to face. But knowing that there are other options available for you can be a welcoming comfort, so it's important that you understand what you can do to help yourself and your partner get ready for infertility services. Depending on a number of different factors, including your age and health history, you'll be required to have a health examination before you determine what your next step will be. This will include an exam from the woman's gynecologist, and possibly an examination from the man's urologist. Both of these medical professionals can help determine what the issues may be and what your next steps will include. Here are some ways you can help prepare yourself for this next step. 

Getting Ready for that Next Step

In order for you to determine what you can do next in order to increase your chances of becoming pregnant, you will have a consultation with your doctor. The best thing you can do is provide this information to your doctor: 

Details about your pregnancy attempts. You'll need to let your doctor know as much information as possible regarding your pregnancy attempts. Provide information regarding when you first started trying to conceive, how often you and your partner have had intercourse, and when you've targeted that intercourse towards your mid-cycle, which is the highest probability of you ovulating. 

Key information regarding the medical history of both you and our partner. List any medications that you may be taking, including vitamins and any other supplements you take. You'll want to list the doses and how often you take each medication. 

Any questions you have--write them down. If you don't, you'll end up thinking of all those questions after you've returned back from the doctor visit. If you need help deciding the best questions to ask, consider the following:

  • Why you've yet to conceive
  • The tests you will need to undergo
  • The recommended treatment
  • Side effects of the treatment, including the likelihood of multiple babies
  • The number of cycles you'll try the recommended treatment 
  • What will be recommended if the first treatment does not work 
  • Potential long-term complications that may be associated with any infertility treatment.

There is no doubt that this is a very scary and unsure time in your life, so taking the time to become prepared is best in order to have a successful outcome.