Questions For Your Doctor

Your specialist will have many questions for you and your partner. You probably have questions of your own. Before your visits, it may be helpful to prepare some questions to bring along, such as:

Questions for OB/GYN and Primary Care Physicians

  • What specific tests would you recommend to diagnose infertility?
  • Should my partner be tested?
  • What are the tests for male infertility?
  • How much will the fertility tests cost?
  • How long will it take to diagnose our problem?
  • Based on the results of those tests, what are my fertility treatment options, and how much do they cost?
  • Will my insurance pay for fertility testing and treatments?
  • If we decide that clomiphene citrate (commonly known as CLOMID®) therapy is the next step, how many cycles will we try before we move onto another treatment option?
  • What is the success rate with clomiphene citrate therapy — and what are the side effects?
  • Will I have to repeat any tests if I go to a fertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist?
  • What surgical procedures might you recommend for my partner or me?
  • What are your success rates with those fertility procedures?

Questions for Fertility Specialists 

  • What specific tests would you recommend to diagnose my infertility? How much do they cost?
  • How long will it take to diagnose our problem?
  • Based on the results of those tests, what are my fertility treatment options, and how much do they cost?
  • How many ovulation induction (OI) cycles do you recommend before moving to in vitro fertilization (IVF)?
  • How many embryos do you typically transfer per cycle?
  • What is the success rate for IVF in terms of live births per embryo transfer for this facility compared to national success rates?
  • If necessary, can you help me access donor egg, embryo or sperm programs?
  • Will my insurance pay for the testing and/or treatments? Will your clinic help me determine what my insurance will cover?
  • How will I communicate with you during this whole process?
  • Does your clinic provide emotional counseling, or can you refer me to a counselor who deals with fertility problems?
  • What can I expect in terms of time commitments and how many office visits do you anticipate will be necessary?