Many people wonder if something could be wrong when they’re trying to have a baby. Even if everything is working correctly, a couple has only a 20 percent chance of conceiving in any given month. But waiting week after week can be incredibly frustrating. When should you look for a fertility specialist? What about paying for one? And what kinds of things should you look for in any specialist you work with?
If you’ve been trying to have a baby for more than a year without success, or if you’re over 35 and have been trying for more than six months, a fertility specialist might be able to help. The medical term is a reproductive endocrinologist, with specific skills and training in reproductive disorders.
What to Keep in Mind:
Interview potential specialists, and find one you connect with. The journey to a family can have a lot of emotions and challenges, and working with someone you can trust and feel safe with is key.
Check into the finances. Some will include financial plans you can participate in, such as our shared risk program. Others might offer a refund if conception isn’t successful, while others might offer a self-pay discount.
Get to know the laws of your state, since some are required to cover fertility treatments through insurance, some have different standards regarding surrogacy, etc.
Look into the success rates of any practice with which you partner. Some are measured by IVF success, some centers might only take patients that are likely to have success, and still other centers might specialize in complicated diagnoses. Ask questions about success with your particular issue(s), women of your age, and new techniques that they are keeping abreast of. Talk with your regular obstetrician and friends to find recommendations as well, as many will have personal experiences to share. And consider the resources of a practice: do they have a lab in-house? What about research? How many providers work there, and what is the staff atmosphere like?
Remember that biology can’t be completely changed. Age, conditions such as endometriosis, and other biological factors are things we can work around, but not remove the effects of.
Plan on finding support. Counseling, a support group, or a friend who’s gone through infertility as well are necessary parts of your journey. No one should suffer alone.
The benefits of working with a fertility specialist far outweigh any nervousness or uncertainty you might have. While the how of having a family might be hazy, a fertility doctor will work with you to ensure you reach your goal of a little one to bring home, in whatever way is the right fit for you. If you’d like to talk more please contact us anytime at 717-747-3099 or click on the button below.
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