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What Are My Fertility Treatment Options?

There are many different fertility treatment options for couples who are having trouble conceiving. Which ones to consider and which ones to rule out depend on various factors, including cost, insurance coverage, and personal choice. Options include medications, intrauterine insemination, assisted reproductive technologies, donor options, and even surrogacy or adoption. Your healthcare provider can help guide you in this process, along with counselors who specialize in fertility.

Understanding Your Options for Fertility Treatment

If you are searching for options for fertility treatment, you are likely going through a difficult time right now. However, becoming educated on your choices and researching the various methods that may be available to you are great first steps in coping with your difficulties in becoming pregnant.
 
There is no one fertility treatment that is right for everyone, as each person's problem will be different. Also, researching the available options may help you to decide which one is right for you and your partner, or to help you decide which methods are not something you want to pursue. While it may seem like there is an overwhelming mountain of information available, breaking it down bit by bit can help make it easier to process.
 

Taking Time to Plan

Before digging into the various fertility treatment options, it's important that you and your partner take time to talk. Keeping communication open is important, as these decisions will be a joint effort. Knowing how far you want to go into the process, discussing financial obstacles, and knowing where to draw the line are just some of the many topics you and your partner will need to discuss during this journey.
 
Not only is this path full of emotional and physical challenges -- there will also be financial hurdles. Take time to plan how much you can afford and how much you are willing to pay. Unfortunately, many insurance companies will not cover fertility treatment. Check with your insurance company to find out whether they will cover certain medications that you may need and whether they will pay for any of the healthcare provider appointments or procedures.
 
Because fertility treatment can be an emotionally draining process, planning for your financial limits ahead of time can help prevent you and your partner from becoming financially drained as well.
 
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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