Questions To Ask An Infertility Clinic

Sometimes people conceive a child by accident, whether it's through a lack of birth control or a failed contraceptive; but the opposite also is quite common. Often, a couple or individual who's ready to have a child runs into difficulties and needs assistance. If you're having trouble conceiving a child, you should first speak to your doctor. They'll arrange for a series of tests for you and your partner to establish the nature of the problem.

Below you'll find information about infertility and, specifically, some important questions to ask the staff at an infertility clinic.

Infertility: The Basics

Infertility is a disease or condition of the reproductive system often diagnosed after a couple has had one year of unprotected, well-timed intercourse, or if the woman has suffered from multiple miscarriages and is under 35 years of age. If the woman is over 35 years old, infertility is diagnosed after six months of unprotected, well-timed intercourse.

There are multiple options for those with fertility issues, including in vitro fertilization and medication. But the exact treatment depends on your specific condition and desired outcome.

Risk Factors for Infertility

• Weight
• Age
• Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
• Tubal Disease
• Endometriosis
DES Exposure
• Smoking
• Alcohol

What to Ask an Infertility Clinic

If you're unable to conceive naturally, there may be various options available to you, including using a surrogate, adoption, or seeking the help of an infertility clinic. Because this can be a very emotional and stressful time of your life, you may find it difficult to make rational and reasoned choices and -- it's sad to say -- some services may try to take advantage of your vulnerability.

If you're considering infertility treatment, you may wish to take this form with you to your initial appointment to determine whether treatment by a particular service provider is in your best interests:

How long have you been in business? __________________________

How many patients have you treated? __________________________

Are you/your doctors board-certified?

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In what specialties and/or subspecialties?

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What is your overall success rate?

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How is your success rate calculated?

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Do you have written materials about your practice and procedures that we can review?

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In view of our medical history, are there particular procedures that you recommend?

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How much experience do you have performing these procedures?

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How much do these procedures usually cost? ________________________

How much do the required drugs cost? _____________________________

What portion of these costs is generally covered by our insurance company?

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How must payment for any uncovered expenses be made?

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What is your success rate for couples experiencing the same problems as ours or undergoing the same treatments?

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What is our overall chance of conceiving a child?

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Do you have patients or former patients who would be willing to talk to us about your services?

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Other questions:

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Notes:

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Talk to a Family Attorney Before Seeking Help From an Infertility Clinic

When embarking upon the path to parenthood that involves issues of infertility, many legal concerns may arise, and the support and advice of an experienced family law attorney is therefore invaluable. A skilled lawyer who specializes in handling family matters can help you ensure that you and your family’s legal rights are protected. If you have questions about what to ask an infertility clinic or have other concerns, consider contacting an experienced family law attorney for expert help.

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