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Decision Points

Decision Point topics help you and your partner understand the key information and important issues related to your decision about infertility evaluation and treatment. Before making an informed decision, it's important that you and your partner:

  • Fully understand the problem and testing or treatment options
  • Consider your personal values and preferences

Making Decisions About Infertility Testing
If you and your partner have been having trouble conceiving, it is possible that one or both of you has a medically treatable fertility problem. As you decide whether to look for a cause, you will have various medical and personal questions to consider. Together, you can use this decision module to guide your thinking.

Making Decisions About Infertility Treatment

If you and your partner have had testing for a cause of infertility, you are probably considering your doctor's recommendations about what to do next. This decision module can help you consider the various medical and personal questions that are related to infertility. It offers you information about infertility, treatment options according to condition, risks of those options, and general outcome information.

Should I Have a Tubal Procedure or In Vitro Fertilization for Tubal Infertility?
If you have a fallopian tube problem and are unable to become pregnant, you may be considering a fallopian tube procedure, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or both. When making your decision, consider the following:

  • A fallopian tube procedure can reverse the cause of infertility. If a tubal problem is the only cause of your infertility and surgery is successful, you may not need further infertility treatment.
  • IVF does not reverse infertility. You need to undergo an IVF cycle for each pregnancy attempt.


Making the Decision About Treatment for Infertility Caused by Endometriosis
This is a general overview of issues that are important as you decide how to treat infertility caused by endometriosis. It is designed to help you learn about your choices and options and to prepare you to work with your doctor to make the best decision for you.

Should I Adopt a Child as an Alternative to Infertility Treatment?

This information will help you understand your choices as you consider adoption. If you have had infertility problems and are thinking of adopting a child, consider the following while making your decision:

  • Successful adoption and long-term parenting requires the commitment of both partners and a dependable support system.
  • There are many adoption options available to Americans, both domestically and abroad.
  • The adoption application and placement process can be as time-consuming and expensive as infertility treatment.
  • Some adoption agencies have parental age and other restrictions for infant adoption.


Last modified on: 30 June 2015

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