Ten Infertility Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Be sure to take along the records of any diagnostic studies and/or fertility treatmentsyou may have had in the past if you are visiting a new fertility specialist. If you have been keeping records of the dates of your menstrualcycles and/or basal body temperature charts, take these along too. Also, print this and take it with you to your doctor visit.
- What is my diagnosis, and how does this condition specifically interfere with fertility? Does my partner have a condition that interferes with fertility? Will these conditions worsen over time, improve, or remain constant?
- If the reason for my infertility is unclear, what diagnostic tests do you recommend? What is the likelihood that each of these tests will establish a diagnosis? Are there any risks associated with the testing? Does my partner need additional testing?
- What type of treatment would you recommend trying first? Does this treatment involve surgery, medications, or both? What are the risks of treatment?
- In your practice, how often does this treatment result in pregnancy? (Be sure to determine whether your doctor is talking about pregnancyrates or live-birth rates when discussing specific treatments so you can make adequate comparisons. For example, a treatment may have a 30% pregnancy rate per cycle but only a 25% live-birth rate due to early miscarriages.)