Tips to Select the Best Fertility Treatment for You

Choosing the best fertility treatment for you is a collaborative effort between you and your physician. Your fertility expert can advise you on pros and cons of the fertility treatment options for your condition, as well as your chances of pregnancy with each approach. But ultimately, you will play the key role in this decision by providing your own perspective and priorities.

Below are some key points that we recommend considering before choosing the best treatment method for your infertility.

  • First, know the cause of your infertility: Have you had thorough testing to determine what your specific fertility issues are? Could it be a combination of problems?
  • Second, know your treatment options: Have you explored all of the treatments available for your diagnosis?
  • Finally, understand what each treatment entails: Do you fully understand what your treatment plan involves - physically, as well as in terms of time and cost - and what you can expect from it?

CHR’s Dr. Gleicher on Evaluating Infertility Treatment Options

How to Approach Deciding on the Best Fertility Treatment for You

Understand Your Diagnosis

Look for a clinic that offers comprehensive testing for both male and female patients to make sure that all factors that could affect your fertility will be thoroughly investigated. These include hormonal testing, immunological testing, and diagnostic imaging. Information found on the iternet is not always correct, but reputable websites about infertility conditions are one place to start. Don’t be afraid to do research online, or search YouTube to see unique videos on the experiences of other patients with conditions similar to yours, then speak with fertility experts.

After Your Diagnosis

Once you understand why you are having fertility issues, it’s vital to work with your physician to select the best possible treatment for your specific case. Not all treatments work for every case, and sometimes a combination of treatments yields the best results. Your physician will be able to recommend the best fertility treatment for you, and explain why they think it’s the right choice.

It’s also important to have an understanding of what your treatment plan will mean for your daily life. You shouldn’t hesitate to ask your physician questions if you are concerned about some part of your fertility treatment plan. Before committing to a plan, it’s also a good idea to seek a second opinion, especially if you don’t feel fully comfortable with the recommended path. You could also review a comprehensive list of treatment options before your first appointment, and prepare a list of questions to ask.

Consider the Cost

Fertility treatments can be expensive. After you and your fertility doctor have selected a treatment, cost might be your next concern. If multiple fertility centers offer the treatments you need, make sure to choose the center whose cost of treatment aligns with what you can afford. Ask them whether they have affordable fertility treatment programs that you qualify for--many fertility centers do.

In your comparison, you should also weigh factors like the cost in terms of time, quality of care, and the level of experience of the team involved. Remember that a more expensive treatment that brings you a baby in one try can end up costing less than a slightly cheaper treatment that takes three tries to get pregnant.

Find an Expert for Your Case

High success rates on the surface don’t necessarily translate into expertise in the specific fertility treatments you need. It’s crucial to select a clinic that has not only the knowledge and resources to perform the treatment that is most appropriate to your case, but also has a history of successfully helping many patients with cases similar to yours.

Hear from Sarah, a Former CHR Patient

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