Health Watch - Pregnancy Preparation: Fertility Treatment

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about what would-be parents need to do to prepare for a pregnancy. But what if a pregnancy doesn’t happen? If may be time to seek professional help.

If you’re considering fertility treatments, you should educate yourself about what that involves. Dr. Victor Beshay, a fertility specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says couples should ask about the benefits and potential side effects of any treatment, as well as about the costs and what insurance will cover. Ask about the doctor’s expected success rate for any treatment, and be aware that fertility treatment does increase the chance of multiple births.

Women may be tested for blood hormones as well as examined for structural abnormalities. Treatments can include medication to stimulate egg release, surgery, artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization. Men may have their sperm analyzed, and they may be given hormonal treatments.

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April 2010


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