When should you see a fertility specialist?
- I have often heard that you should see one if you have tried to get pregnant for more than one year, and you have not been successful. Although if you are older than thirty five, then it is reasonable to see a doctor after six months.
If I see a fertility specialist, will I have to do in vitro fertilization?
- No, actually that is one of the last things they will try. They are more apt to try Clomid, which causes you to ovulate. If that doesn't work, then they may try IUI, which stands for intrauterine insemination.
Will it cost a lot?
- Most insurances will cover infertility treatments, with the exception of in vitro. They will often cover the ultrasounds and many of the diagnostic assessments. Some will cover the medication Clomid, while others will cover IUIs, although few insurance companies will cover the use of in vitro fertilization.
What is In Vitro Fertilization?
- In vitro fertilization is where the doctor will extract the egg from the woman and place it in a dish, where they will place a man's sperm. Once the sperm and egg meet, they will become fertilized, they will let them sit usually around three days in order to mature. Once they are about four cells big, they will implant the fertilized embryo into the woman. Theoretically, the embryo will implant and the woman will become pregnant.
What are the chances that it will work?
- Statistics vary based on fertility clinic. Your individual statistics will be affected by sperm health, egg health, uterine health, and the quality of the embryos made.
** I am not a Dr, nor do I play one on TV. I have had extensive experience with IVF, fertility doctors, and have read up on the subject thoroughly.