Are you suffering from infertility problems? It is important that you understand this: you are not alone. Even the healthiest couples can take several months to conceive. The diagnostic criteria for infertility require 6 months of trying for couples over the age of 35, and 12 months for trying for those who are under 35. This means that in most cases, a couple of months of trying and failing are not a big deal.
What happens then when more than a few months have gone by? When you have an underlying health condition such as endometriosis or PCOS (which can inhibit one’s ability to conceive)? What should you ask your fertility doctor, especially when you fear the worst about your fertility?
Here is a list of the most important questions you should ask your fertility doctor:
“What diagnostic tests are available?”
Some women who are diagnosed with conditions such endometriosis are considered lucky to some extent. Why? Only because they know what they are dealing with and this helps to form a plan up front. For those, however, who are unaware of the root of their fertility issues, many questions need to be answered before needed actions can be planned. If there are any diagnostic tests that you do not understand, do not hesitate to have your doctor explain it to you.
“Is there anything I could do to improve my chances of being pregnant?”
There are certain lifestyle changes that can make a difference in terms of your fertility efforts. For instance, if you are a smoker, giving up nicotine can be beneficial to you. Other examples include reducing stress and losing weight. Discuss with your doctor the ways that you can personally make changes for the sake of boosting your fertility.
“What type of treatment do I need?”
This question depends on the severity of your case. Your doctor may tell you that you need just a low dose of medication to stimulate your ovaries and to encourage ovulation. It is also possible that your situation calls for more extreme measures such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).
“What side effects should I expect from the treatment?”
Once your doctor has suggested a fertility treatment, you may also ask for the side effects. Most medications prescribed for infertility treatments may alter your hormone levels in some ways. Before going through any treatment, it is best that you become aware of the possible side effects.
Dr. Fay Weisberg is a fertility doctor who helps individuals and couples who are struggling with infertility. Call our clinic today at 416.221.7545 or 416.924.4666 or visit our website and setup an appointment with her at your earliest convenience.