Visiting a fertility clinic can feel like entering a whole new world. By learning the do's and don'ts, you can get more out of your fertility treatment.
What should I do to maximize my chances of getting pregnant?
DO prepare for your fertility clinic visit. You'll get more out of your fertility clinic visit if you come prepared. Find out what to do to get ready for your visit. Use the doctor discussion guide to help you prepare for your visit.
DO follow your fertility treatment instructions exactly. Some treatments have very particular instructions and timing. If you make a mistake in following the directions, your treatment could fail. Make sure you understand exactly what you need to do for the treatment, and follow the instructions exactly. If you have any questions about what you should be doing, ask your doctor or nurse.
DO make any lifestyle changes recommended by your fertility clinic team. Because your lifestyle can impact your fertility, it's important to follow through on lifestyle changes recommended by your treatment team, such as quitting smoking and eating a healthy diet. Learn more about lifestyle changes to maximize fertility.
What should I avoid?
DON'T wait too long before getting help. A woman's fertility drops with age, especially after age 35. If you're over 35 and have been trying to conceive for at least 6 months, seek help by finding a fertility clinic near you. Women over 37 do not need to wait 6 months before seeking help.
DON'T be afraid to ask questions. Your medical team at the fertility clinic is there to help. Even if your question seems embarrassing, don't worry - they're professionals, and they won't judge you. Before your visit, write down a list of questions to ask. Use this list of questions for your fertility specialist to get started.
DON'T try any herbal medicines or supplements without checking with your fertility specialist. Some herbal medicines and supplements can affect your fertility or interfere with your fertility treatment. If you are considering a new herbal medicine or supplement, check with your fertility clinic team before starting it.
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