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Resolve to Know More About Fertility Patient Empowerment
A blog by Rhonda Levy, April 24, 2014
Using Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) to create your family can be overwhelming, confusing and stressful. Those who enter this world enter a daunting maze, difficult to navigate and filled with pitfalls. Many spend years spinning their wheels on the wrong track, only to realize that they "did not know what they did not know".
During National Infertility Awareness Week 2014, you owe it to yourself to "own the process" and make a commitment:
- To know everything you need to know;
- To believe that knowledge is power;
- To become your own best advocate;
- To become an engaged and knowledgeable IVF "consumer" rather than a passive IVF "patient";
- To resist succumbing to feelings of desperation and vulnerability;
- To navigate the world of ART in a discerning and informed fashion;
- To empower yourself to make smart choices;
- To learn everything there is to know about success rate interpretation and the latest treatment options;
- To select your fertility clinic only after conducting a comparative analysis of your best options;
- To prepare for consultations as if they are business meetings;
- To ask your physician penetrating questions and to feel entitled to receive meaningful answers;
- To arrange second opinions when in any doubt about your treatment plan;
- To understand accepted "best practices" if you will be using the services of an egg donor or surrogacy agency;
- To resist being drawn in by aggressive marketing efforts; and
- To seek the expertise of unbiased "insiders" who lack a vested financial interest in your choices.
If you take these steps you will save time, money and heartache, and improve your likelihood of having a baby.