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Evaluating Your Fertility: Should You Seek Out a Second Opinion?

At some point in your fertility journey, you might take a step back to evaluate your protocol and ways to increase your chances of having a baby sooner than later.

For starters, how do your lifestyle habits impact your ability to conceive? What is preventing you from pursuing treatments like intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertlization (IVF)? When should you see a fertility doctor for a second opinion in order to proactively treat your fertility?

Evaluating Your Fertility

Have you been on the same fertility treatment protocol for 3 cycles or more?

Yes: Most fertility doctors will advise that if you haven’t seen success in 3 cycles, it’s time to move on. Try working with your doctor to tweak your medication levels or add in acupuncture if it is recommended by your fertility doctor.

No: It can take up to 3 cycles to see success with a particular fertility treatment, but don’t waste time on a treatment that isn’t working for you. Time is of the essence when it comes to fertility!

Have you been sticking to a specific fertility treatment for financial reasons?

Yes: Try reviewing your infertility insurance coverage one more time. Make sure you are clear on what fertility treatments, diagnostics, or surgical procedures for fertility are covered and what’s not. It doesn’t hurt to call the insurance company, either. If you don’t have coverage or you only have coverage for some less invasive treatments, call your fertility clinic’s financial advisor. This person will have an idea of what your insurance covers and will talk to you about financing options at your clinic. You can also look into outside financing options. In some cases, moving to a higher tech treatment like IVF can be less expensive in the long run versus multiple IUI cycles.

No: If finances aren’t the reason you’ve been hung up on a particular fertility treatment, ask yourself what is the reason. Is it fear of the unknown? Comfort? Feeling like you’re advancing through treatments too quickly? Remember, the goal of fertility treatment is to get you the baby you’ve been longing for. You shouldn’t do anything that is against your personal morals, but sometimes a fresh start is exactly what you need.

Do you understand your fertility doctor’s plans for your upcoming cycle?

Yes: Good. It is important to advocate for your own health, especially when it comes to making a baby. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make phone calls. No one else will do these things for you.

No: Call your fertility doctor and ask for clarification. In many cases, your doctor wants you to be a part of the fertility treatment team. They will help you to understand the protocol and you should voice your concerns, if any. If your doctor isn’t available to answer your questions before your next cycle, ask your fertility nurse. They are there to help.

Do you feel uneasy about one aspect of your treatment, but are afraid to speak up?

Yes: If something doesn’t sound right to you, question it. Your doctor will explain why they have chosen a specific fertility treatment protocol. If you’re still not satisfied after getting clarification, it may be time for a second opinion.

No: Sounds like you’re one of the fertility treatment team. Great job! If at any time you do feel leery about the fertility treatment plan, speak up. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself and your future baby!

Have you been considering a second opinion, but you just haven’t taken the leap yet?

Yes: Surprisingly, fertility patients report the reason they haven't sought out a second opinion as fear of insulting their fertility doctor. The truth is, your doctor knows just as well as you do that a good fit is important. If you aren't getting a good vibe, remember this is a professional relationship and your care is dependent upon it. Don't look at it as "breaking up" with your fertility doctor- they have your best interests in mind and often take your feedback to improve their practice. It is a step in the right direction for treating your fertility.

No: Should you consider a second opinion? Take all of the above factors into consideration to ensure you are comfortable with your fertility treatment. Start this year fresh and confident that you WILL reach your goal of having a baby!

Scheduling a Second Opinion Consultation

Contact our Patient Care Coordination Team and we can ease you through the process. We take the stress of finding a reputable doctor off your plate. Rest assured that we will match you with a fertility doctor that meets your needs- at no cost to you! Remember, a second opinion NEVER hurts! To get started, fill out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me Form .


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