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You’re Starting Fertility Treatments. Now What?
Fertility treatments aren’t a one-size-fits-all prescription. Your fertility doctor will determine, with you, the right treatment for your situation. Once that decision has been reached, you may find yourself asking, “What do I do next?” While the actual steps differ depending on which fertility treatment you will undergo, it can be helpful to prepare yourself to help reduce uncertainty and stress:
Do your research. Understand what’s involved in every step of your treatment plan. If you will be using fertility drugs, educate yourself on everything you need to know about them. Learn about the dosages your doctor prescribed, how to take the medication correctly, and what you should do if you miss a dose. Make it a point to familiarize yourself with the side effects for your fertility medication. That way, you can be prepared if one of those side effects surfaces . The more information you have, the less anxiety you may have.
Figure out what’s included. Fertility treatments aren’t cheap, and paying for them can cause a lot of stress. Before you start treatment, ask your fertility doctor what is included in the price. For instance, if you’re doing IVF, procedures like ICSI and PGD aren’t included in the cost of the cycle, nor are the fertility drugs. Finding out what’s included—and what’s not—will give you a more accurate picture of the final fertility treatment cost.
Contact your insurance provider. Check in with your insurance plan provider to see if they cover any of your fertility treatment costs. While only 15 states have mandates in place for infertility insurance coverage, it’s possible that your plan may cover some of your fertility treatment. Finally, if you fear you’ll be unable to afford your fertility treatment, check out the infertility financing plans available. Even if your fertility clinic doesn’t offer payment plans, there are third-party fertility financing plans that can help. You may also be eligible for discounts on prescription fertility meds.
It’s natural that you’ll feel some anxiety or stress regarding the outcome of your fertility treatment. Watch Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health explain how to reduce stress during your fertility treatments:
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Plus, you can stop by Fertile Thoughts to get support before you begin your fertility treatment.