Our very own Denise Donati is featured as a health expert on pages 73 and 84 of Profile Magazine! In this article, “Pregnancy and Fertility with Denise Donati”, our Health Expert answers your questions.
She answers the following questions about pregnancy and fertility:
- Can I choose my own specialist?
- Do I have a choice to have my procedures performed at either the clinic or in the hospital?
- Can I choose when my embryo can be transferred?
Read the full transcript below, titled “Pregnancy and Fertility with Denise Donati”
Alternatively, read Denise’s answers by clicking this link (on page 78)
ASK OUR HEALTH EXPERTS: Pregnancy and Fertility with Denise Donati
Question: How long should we be trying to conceive before we consider fertility help and what should I consider when choosing the right clinic?
Answer: People delay having children for many reasons, but the common theme is often that they have not found the right partner until later in life. Both female and male age and lifestyle factors can affect fertility, so we advise patients to seek fertility advice if they are under 35 and have been trying for 12 months or more, or if over 35 and trying for six months or more.
Today almost one-in-six couples receive fertility help, but all clinics are different and the services offered are not all the same. Do your research to understand some of the key areas that can affect your success and overall experience.
Some key questions to ask are:
Can I choose my own specialist?
Being comfortable with your choice of specialist to support you through your journey is of paramount importance. You’ll also want to ensure the clinic has enough doctors who can cover each other so treatment is not delayed because your doctor is unavailable.
Do I have a choice to have my procedures performed at either the clinic or in the hospital?
Procedures can be performed either while you are awake or under anaesthetic. Both have advantages and disadvantages, so look for a clinic that offers both.
Can I choose when my embryo can be transferred?
Embryo transfers can occur on days two-three (cleavage stage), or more commonly at most clinics, on days five-six (blastocyst stage). Some clinics will only offer cleavage-stage transfers, but scientific evidence shows that blastocyst stage transfers can increase the chance of pregnancy, therefore reducing the number of treatments needed and the expense to patients.
For more information about seeking fertility help, or have your questions answered about pregnancy and fertility with Denise Donati, please phone Fertility Solutions on 1800 337 845 489
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