Infertility treatment has great potential for
squandering some of your most precious resources—money, time, and peace of
mind. Before you start infertility treatment, decide how much money, time, and
emotional energy you can afford to spend on infertility treatment. Take control
of a process that can so easily take control of you.
Before you start infertility treatment, plan how long you each
envision trying to conceive with medical help. Talk to your doctor ahead of
time about what is a reasonable period of time to try treatment for your
specific condition. Whether you decide "no more than 4 months and then we stop
treatment and start an adoption process" or "we'll try as long as it takes,"
set definite time points when you and your partner will evaluate your prognosis
and progress. Anticipate that you might want to take periodic breaks from
treatment, which can become all-consuming and difficult.
Ideally your doctor will help you stop and assess your plan and
options at each step of the way. If you feel that you are being pushed to make
decisions without enough information or support from your doctor, think about
finding another doctor.
December 7, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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