Learn about fertility centers and finding a fertility specialist
If you have tried to conceive for over a year with no luck, it may be time to visit a fertility treatment center. General gynecologists will offer a good initial evaluation, but you may want to find a fertility specialist that can work with you to determine the best treatment options.
Certain conditions will require the expertise of an infertility specialist in order to maximize your chances of getting pregnant. These specialists can determine the cause of infertility, such as blocked fallopian tubes or endometriosis in women or low sperm concentration in men. And for healthy couples with unexplained causes of infertility, an infertility doctor can shed some light on the situation.
When you begin your search for a fertility doctor, ask lots of questions. Ask them about their training and credentials to ensure that they can offer the help you need; a specialist will have training, or a fellowship, in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Most cases of both male and female infertility are resolved with the use of fertility drugs, and the doctor should be able to help you weigh the risks and benefits of each medication and whether your insurance will help to cover the expense.
If you are considering in vitro fertilization, or IVF, ask about success rates in cases similar to yours and make sure you are clear on financial costs for each IVF cycle. This can be a very expensive treatment, and you will want to make sure that it is your best course to pregnancy. Regardless of the treatment that interests you, it's a good idea to keep a record of your medical histories and write down any questions you may have in case something slips your mind when you meet with the doctor.
Fertility Treatment Centers
Fertility clinics, also known as infertility clinics, are staffed by fertility specialists and are designed to carry out all kinds of fertility treatments, from egg donation to in vitro fertilization. However, not all clinics are created equal—some have achieved great success with certain treatments, but perhaps not in cases similar to yours. Success measurements for fertility treatments can be confusing, so make sure to review the success rates of the fertility center carefully and ask as many questions as you need, to thoroughly understand the information and how it relates to your case.
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