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#StartAsking: Questions for Your Fertility Clinic and Doctor

Start Asking

A blog by Dr. Laurence Jacobs, Fertility Centers of Illinois, April 27, 2016

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week 2016, and the theme is #StartAsking. This campaign encourages anyone who has experienced infertility to do such things as ask employers for insurance coverage, call for better protections from lawmakers, and seek support from family and friends, while educating the public that infertility is a disease that affects 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age.

There are many different ways to build your family, and one of the most important places to #StartAsking is when you are choosing the fertility team that will assist you. Before you make a decision, sit down with your potential fertility doctor for an initial consultation. Here are some of the questions you should discuss.

  1. What are some of the probable reasons we can’t get pregnant?

  2. What treatment do you recommend trying first?

  3. Can you tell me my probability for success with this treatment?

  4. How many attempts does it usually take for this treatment to work?

  5. What medical tests do my partner and I need to have before undergoing treatment?

  6. What are the short-term side effects that go along with this treatment, and are there any long-term complications?

  7. If we are choosing donor sperm or eggs, do you provide a consultation with a psychologist?

  8. Do you recommend and can we access egg donation, sperm donation or gestational surrogacy agencies through the fertility clinic?

If you are an LGBT couple, you may want to ask some of these questions:

  1. Can you recommend a reproductive attorney who is well versed in family law for the gay community?

  2. If I have a donor agency and reproductive attorney already chosen, can you work with them?

  3. What are some options to consider so that both partners can be involved physically in the process or so that both partners can be biologically related to the child?

  4. What percentage of your patients is gay?

Don’t be hesitant to speak up, to ask the doctor to repeat things or request a phone number or email so that you can ask questions later. Just #StartAsking.


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