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Top 4 Fertility Questions


a blog by Traci Shahan, RN, WHNP-BC, Doctor of Nursing, Albrecht Women’s Care: A Center for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility January 21, 2011

Over the years patients have taught me much about life. One of the ways they have done so is through asking always-welcome, sometimes delicate questions. What follows is a list of what I think are the most frequent, urgent questions patients ask about infertility:

  1. Have I done something that caused my infertility?


    First, although lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, infections and exercise can contribute to infertility, many times infertility is due to causes outside the couple’s control, such as genetic issues or malformations of the reproductive tract or maternal age. Your medical professional will certainly advise you about lifestyle issues that might be affecting your fertility.
  2. Do most patients end up with a baby?


    Yes, the majority of patients desiring to have a child end up with one. Patience and persistence are key.
  3. How long does it usually take to become pregnant?


    My experience has been that most patients will become pregnant within a year of working with a fertility doctor (reproductive endocrinologist), though there is no guarantee, and oftentimes the waiting period feels much longer than a year.
  4. If I needed fertility treatment to conceive my first child, will I automatically need it again?


    Not necessarily! Depending on many factors, many patients are able to conceive without intervention during subsequent pregnancies. (And some of them even do so without planning a pregnancy.) So make sure that you talk with your health care team about this possibility.

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