Before you agree to undergo any kind of treatment, take some time to talk to your health care provider about its likelihood of success and its risks. You may also wish to inquire about a timeline for each phase of your treatment. That way, if a certain treatment isn't working, you'll know when it may be appropriate for you and your doctor to consider other treatment options.

The following is a list of possible treatment options that you and your partner may encounter:

Please note that most of the treatments and procedures discussed in this section should only be used and performed by a physician thoroughly familiar with the treatment and management of infertility (i.e., a fertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist [RE]). A referral from your family doctor is often necessary before making an appointment with a fertility specialist.

By thinking ahead, you and your partner may find it easier to make personal decisions during this difficult phase. It may even be helpful to create a personalized fertility plan to help put the medical, emotional, and financial aspects of your treatments into perspective.

Reference: Fertility LifeLinesTM