Fertility Facts Every Couple Should Know
Insights on infertility decision-making from the author of The Fertility Guide: A Couples Handbook for When You Want to Have a Baby (More Than Anything Else)
Understanding Treatment Options
Before making a decision, be sure that you and your partner are well informed by your physician regarding all reasonable treatment alternatives. If your physician evaluates your particular case and provides you with reasonable information concerning your alternatives, and if you decide between these alternatives within the framework of your real-world factors, then there are no wrong decisions. You can’t make a bad choice!
But you and your physician must constantly reevaluate. Each and every treatment has a cumulative success curve that will flatten out after a given number of attempts. In other words, if you have tried one approach for several cycles and it hasn’t worked, chances that it will work in the next cycle begin to diminish. After a certain length of time, that approach may not increase your chances at all. Any approach should be pursued only as long as it is clearly keeping you on the steep part of the cumulative success curve.
It is your doctor’s job to determine which options are reasonable and to provide you with all pertinent information concerning those options. But, it is your job to decide what you want to do! All decisions must be made by the physician and the couple as a team.
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