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What's Your Fertility Plan?


a blog by lashaundra, January 14, 2011

The infertility roller coaster is often grueling, draining and tiresome. Some couples find themselves on this roller coaster ride without being prepared.

The lack of preparation is because no one ever "plans" to be infertile. Most people dream of meeting someone, getting married or not and starting a family. But for 7.3 million couples, it's just not that easy. Many of these couples did not plan for infertility, therefore they have no fertility plan.

Like everything in life, planning makes the process smoother and easier. Before starting fertility treatments make a plan that can be used as a guide. The plan can consist of a list of treatments you and your partner are willing to try. Some couples are willing to try Clomid or artificial inseminations (IUIs), but draw the line at in vitro fertilization (IVF). For some couples IVF is out of their price range, while others feel the procedure is too invasive. The plan can include how much time will be spent on each form of treatment. The couple, along with their doctor, can decide this.

Many couples are willing to try two cycles of IUI before moving on to a more aggressive form of fertility treatment, while other couples will try eight cycles of IUI. It all depends on the individual.

Money is a deciding factor for many. Before starting fertility treatments it is a good idea to access how much money can be allotted to fertility treatments, how much money will be spent on each treatment, and where the money will come from. Some couples have a fertility fund, while others put it on their credit cards or take out a second mortgage. There are some couples who have wealthy relatives who are willing to pay for their fertility treatments. At any rate, all of this should be assessed prior to starting treatments.

Lastly, it should be decided at what point the fertility treatments will stop. After all, fertility treatments are a gamble, and all of us want to win and receive a healthy baby in the end. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Some will have a baby, while others will walk away empty handed. The key is, at what point will a couple decide enough is enough.

If fertility treatments fail to produce a healthy baby, what is the next step? This usually won't be decided until all other alternatives have been exhausted. The couple must decide if adoption is right for them, child-free living, surrogacy, or if they want to take a break and restart more fertility treatments at a later time. It is important to note, most couples won't firmly stick to their fertility plan, but it should be used as a guide.

Fertility treatments can be all-consuming and extremely emotional. There are points in a fertility cycle when the couple won't know whether they are coming or going. This is the time when your fertility plan will be extremely helpful.


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