Common Fertility Treatment Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)
Struggling with infertility is hard enough without having to worry whether you're getting medical care that's right for you. Below is a list of common fertility treatment mistakes and how you can avoid them.
- Putting treatment off
Procrastination is never a good habit, but the timing of medical treatment can be crucial to increasing to your chances of ever becoming pregnant. Maybe there is always something more pressing to tend to; perhaps you just don't feel comfortable going to a doctor; or maybe you would rather not acknowledge that you may have a fertility problem. But ignorance can't be bliss when it keeps you from having the family you've always wanted, so talk to a doctor.
- Not doing your homework
Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to fertility treatment. When you are well-informed, you can make your own decisions based on your own plans, something no one else can do as well as you. Talk to your doctor about your options and pursue more information about each of them. Educate yourself using the resources available to you, such as books and the Internet. As with any challenge you face, the more you know, the better off you'll be.
- Not getting a second opinion
The fact that you may consider getting a second opinion doesn't mean you don't trust your doctor - it simply means you want the best possible chance of conception. A second opinion will ensure you are on the right track. It is even better to seek out the opinion of a fertility specialist who will not be treating you, which will eliminate any possible bias.
- Trying only trendy treatments
More than anything, when you're undergoing treatment for infertility, you want it to be a success. News outlets will sometimes report on some "remarkable breakthrough" in the area of infertility treatment, but don't be too quick to believe what you read. Media hype can be deceptive and may give a one-sided view of a new treatment emphasizing its successes. Trust in the best possible treatment for you as recommended by your doctor.
- Continue trying the wrong treatment
Most fertility doctors follow the basic rule: if a treatment hasn't been successful after four cycles, it probably isn't the right treatment for you and it is time to move on to the next stage. It may be more expensive, but repeating the wrong treatment just because it costs less will end up costing you more in the long run.
- Giving up
Your infertility may be the first major life crisis you encounter. Biological issues are some of the most difficult to face because they seem to be out of your control. How well you come to terms with your infertility and respond to the possible negative outcome of your treatment depends on your coping skills. Infertility treatment can be a long, painstaking process and may be overwhelming. Communicate your feelings to your partner, talk to close friends and family members and consider individual or group therapy for emotional support.