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5 Tips for Evaluating Your Fertility

This holiday season, instead of evaluating whether the apple pie or cheesecake is worth the caloric investment, evaluate your fertility instead. Sit down and analyze the facts: have you allowed your comfort zone to dictate whether you pursue a new treatment? Have you been afraid to break up with Clomid? Have you been biting your nails at the thought of a second opinion fertility consultation?

We’ve all been there, but at some point you just have to decide what’s working and what’s not. As a general rule of thumb, you should consider the following:

  1. Have you tried a specific treatment or fertility drug for 3 cycles without success?
    Most fertility doctors will tell you that if you haven’t seen success in 3 cycles, it’s time to move on. Try working with your doctor to tweak your medication levels or add in acupuncture if it is recommended by your fertility doctor.
  2. Have you been sticking to a specific fertility treatment for financial reasons?
    Try reviewing your insurance plan one more time. Make sure you are clear on what’s covered and what’s not. It doesn’t hurt to call the insurance company, either. If you don’t have coverage or you only have coverage for some less invasive treatments, call your fertility clinic’s financial advisor. This person will have an idea of what your insurance covers and will talk to you about financing options at your clinic. You can also look into outside financing options. In some cases, moving to a higher tech treatment like IVF can be less expensive in the long run versus multiple IUI cycles.
  3. Were you unclear as to your fertility doctor’s plan for your upcoming cycle?
    Make sure you call your doctor. In many cases, your doctor wants you to be a part of the treatment team. They will help you to understand the protocol and you should voice your concerns, if any. If your doctor isn’t available to answer your questions before your next cycle, ask your fertility nurse. They are there to help.
  4. Did you feel uneasy about one aspect of your treatment, but were afraid to speak up?
    If something doesn’t sound right to you, speak up. Your doctor will explain why they have chosen a specific protocol. If you’re still not satisfied after getting clarification, it may be time for a second opinion.
  5. Have you been considering a second opinion, but you just haven’t taken the leap yet?
    Contact our Patient Care Coordination Team and we can ease you through the process. We take the stress of finding a reputable doctor off your plate. Rest assured that we will match you with a fertility doctor that meets your needs- at no cost to you! Remember, a second opinion NEVER hurts!

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