Keeping your thoughts organized during fertility treatment is not without its challenges. There can be a lot that you need to stay on top of, like appointments, medications, procedure dates, and more. As we’ve noted in previous blog posts, we do recommend preparing a list of questions ahead of your appointments, including your first consultation.
These questions should cover any previous medical diagnoses and information you’ve received regarding your fertility concerns, as well as anything you want to know about proposed treatment. Of course, there may be some less obvious questions patients should add to lists ahead of their next visit with Fertility Solutions:
1. If applicable, should my partner be screened for fertility issues as well?
For heterosexual couples, the male partner is often forgotten in the fertility treatment process. Couples often proceed assuming that female factor fertility is the sole cause of their inability to conceive, whether she has received a diagnosis or not. Including the male partner from the start can save patient’s considerable time down the road and even alter potential treatment planning. Your fertility specialist can advise on whether male factor testing is recommended in your situation.
2. Do you have any promotions applicable to my situation?
Your fertility center may have open promotions that you can take advantage of as a patient. These promotions can be specific, so it’s important to confirm that you qualify before assuming that you will receive a promoted discount or offer. For example, Fertility Solutions provides patients with a list of our current promotions that patients can use here. We currently offer a 20% discount on fertility treatment for active duty and veteran soldiers and single cycle IVF. Special promotions can change over time, so please contact our team directly for further information.
3. Where can I receive support?
Even with the help of a supportive partner, fertility treatment has the potential to feel isolating at times. Your fertility specialist will fully understand what you are going through and can offer advice on where to receive support when needed. Fertility support groups are increasingly common, can be held in-person or online, and offered locally for men, women and partners. Many patients find relief in being able to speak with others who are undergoing the same experience, whether using fertility treatment or third-party reproduction.
The important part of the process is handled once you schedule a consultation, but asking questions like the ones noted above are also important because they affect your experience as a patient. Ensuring that both partners are being screening if needed, taking advantage of promotions, and finding solid support that you can rely on are all part of the treatment process.