So You Think You May Be Infertile: Now What?

Host Dawn Davenport, Executive Director of Creating a Family, the national infertility & adoption education and support nonprofit, interviews: Dr. Julie Lamb, a Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist with Pacific NW Fertility; Samantha S., with My Fertility Navigator; and Lisa Park, an infertility patient.

Hit the Highlights
  • What are some common misconceptions that you hear from people who are beginning to realize that getting pregnant is not going to be seamless?
  • How to tell the status of your fertility. Is there a test that you can take to show how many years you have left to try to get pregnant naturally without fertility treatment?
  • How can women maximize their fertility? Are there some specific lifestyle changes they can make to optimize what fertility they have?
  • Who should someone see first when they have been trying without success for a year (if under 35) or 6 months (if 35+): a gynecologist, or should they go straight to an infertility clinic?
  • Can you save money by having some of the testing done at your gynecologist?
  • One of the first things most gynecologists or RE will prescribe (depending on the diagnosis or suspected diagnosis) is an oral fertility medication such as clomiphene citrate (Clomid) or letrozole (Femara). How do these medications work to increase the odds of getting pregnant?
  • What are the risk of multiples with the common oral medications?
  • Which is safer: Clomid or Femara? Also, which one is most effective at getting me pregnant?
  • Let’s talk about IUI (also sometimes called artificial insemination). Should this be the standard second step for most couples or women trying to conceive without success?
  • What is the success rate for IUIs and how does this compare to oral meds and to IVF?
  • How many IUIs should you try?
  • Options for affording IVF if that is recommended.
  • Getting help understanding what infertility coverage is provided by your health insurance. What tests and medications are covered?
  • How to find an infertility clinic.
  • Creating a Family resource: Choosing a Fertility Clinic or Doctor: A Multimedia Guide For Those Considering Infertility Treatment. Includes information on how to interpret SART/CDC stats.
  • What should you expect in your first visit to an infertility doctor?
  • When should you seek a second opinion on your fertility treatment?
  • Male fertility.
  • How to find online or in-person support when you are infertile?
  • When should you see a specialist if you have had a miscarriage?
  • How to find a therapist that specializes in infertility.

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