Topic Overview

When considering whether to try medicine or hormone treatment for
infertility, ask:

  • Whether there are any possible long-term risks
    related to the proposed treatment.
  • Whether you need to change your
    sexual activities during treatment. Your doctor may have suggestions for timing
    sex to increase the possibility of becoming pregnant.
  • How long this
    type of treatment is recommended before it’s thought to be ineffective. Continuing
    treatment when it is unlikely that you are going to conceive delays your
    ability to consider other options such as adoption. You can set limits on how
    long you want to try it, and you can change your mind also.
  • Whether a woman’s age affects treatment options. For women 35
    or older, a doctor may switch treatments sooner to provide a couple with the
    best chance of becoming pregnant.
  • About the success rate of the
    recommended infertility therapy for your specific problem. Medicine or
    hormone therapy is highly successful for some causes of infertility, such as
    failure to ovulate, but not for others.
  • How much monitoring is
    required for the recommended therapy. Some treatments require daily monitoring
    at the doctor’s office. You must determine whether you can work around the
    necessary monitoring schedule.
  • About your doctor’s experience with
    medicine and hormone therapy for infertility. This type of infertility
    treatment requires careful diagnosis, dosage, and monitoring. Your doctor
    should have specific training and experience in this area.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC – Obstetrics and Gynecology

Current as ofMarch 16, 2017