Should You Be Evaluated for Infertility?

How to Make the Process Easier

An infertility evaluation can often be time consuming, emotionally draining, and expensive. Basic testing can cost up to $2,000; more advanced tests--involving a laparoscopy, for instance--can climb to more than $5,000. (Check with your insurance company to see which tests are covered.)

You'll want to get the most out of your evaluation so you can make informed decisions about your future. Here are some tips to help you through the process:

  • Get test results. Once you've begun the evaluation, get the results of each test as it is completed. If test results are abnormal, ask your doctor for a full and clear explanation. Also ask whether you can schedule periodic consultations to discuss your case and review your options.
  • Ask questions. At each step of the evaluation, make sure you understand which tests are needed--and why. If your doctor is unresponsive, evasive, or unavailable to answer your questions, consider changing practices.
  • Communicate with your partner. Talk about your fear, anger, anxiety, and frustrations as you go along. These reactions are completely normal. If you're having trouble dealing with your emotions, you and your spouse may want to consult a therapist or counselor (together or separately), or attend an infertility support group in your area. (RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, www.resolve.org, can connect you with a support group).
  • Manage stress in a positive way. Fertility issues can wreak havoc on every aspect of your life, including your relationships. To minimize the stress, find ways to nurture yourself and your relationship with your partner on a regular basis. Go out to dinner and a movie, head out of town for a romantic weekend together, or pamper yourself at a local spa.
  • Remember your goals. When all the tests and doctor visits become overwhelming, remember why you're putting yourselves through all of this: to have a baby together. Remember, too, that many couples weather the strain of infertility testing and treatment--no matter what the outcome--and form a stronger, closer relationship.

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