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Questions for Couples Seeking Fertility Treatment

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a blog by Melinda Davis, July 18, 2011

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Have you been trying to conceive but find things aren’t happening like you had planned? I know it can be scary, and often hard to talk about. Here are some sample questions to consider with your spouse to help get the conversation going.

Initial Questions for You as a Couple

  • Do you think we should start tracking for ovulation to try and time things better?
  • How much longer do you think we should try before tracking for ovulation?
  • How much time do you think we should give ourselves before seeing a fertility doctor or moving into fertility testing?
  • Do you think we should start with home test kits that can be ordered online, or would you rather us visit the doctor to get their thoughts?
  • When do you think we should we contact our insurance company to check for fertility test and treatment coverage?
  • What are your thoughts on paying for tests if it’s not covered by our insurance?
  • Do you have any other thoughts, questions or feelings about this process?

Questions for the Ob/Gyn or Fertility Doctor Prior to Testing

  • Why do you think we haven’t conceived?
  • What tests do you think we should start off with and why?
  • Is there a fertility drug we can take before moving into major testing or treatments?
  • Will our insurance company cover our fertility testing?

Questions for the Ob/Gyn or Fertility Doctor after Testing

  • What do our test results mean?
  • What are our treatment options from least aggressive to very aggressive?
  • What are your recommendations for treatment?
  • What is involved with each of those recommendations?
  • How many times would you recommend trying each option before moving to the next?
  • Which insurance companies do you accept or do you have a price sheet with payment options?

Questions on Moving Forward for You as a Couple

  • What are your thoughts on paying for treatment if it’s not covered by our insurance?
  • How aggressive of a treatment plan do you think we should start off with?
  • Which treatment options are you comfortable with?
  • Which treatment options are you unsure of and why?
  • Which treatment options are you opposed to, and why?
  • How long are you willing to go through treatment before we reconsider our options?
  • Do you have any other thoughts, questions or feelings about this process?
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