Preparing For Fertility Treatment

You should begin preparing for treatment from the moment you and your fertility specialist determine the best time to start treatment.

Before Treatment Begins

Before starting treatment, couples should try to do the following:

  • Make sure that financial and insurance information is in order.
  • Check with your healthcare provider for information about which pharmacies stock the medications you require.
  • Build relationships with health care providers (for example, try to speak to the same nurse as often as possible).
  • Arrange for flexible work hours.
  • Determine the busiest time of day at the fertility centre and ask to schedule appointments or phone calls at another time.
  • Establish a support system.
  • Talk to others who have gone through similar treatments.
  • Identify stress-relieving techniques that work (for example, walking, relaxation techniques, joining a support group, or seeing an infertility counselor).
  • Recruit a back-up person to administer injections.
When Treatment Begins

When treatment begins, patients should try to do the following:

  • Use the stress-relieving techniques you have previously identified.
  • Eat healthy, nutritious meals (discuss special dietary concerns with a nurse or doctor).
  • Keep your partner involved throughout the treatment by having him/her mix medications, give injections, and/or go to appointments.
  • Curb smoking and alcohol consumption (better yet, stop altogether).
  • Women should take a folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.

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