Passionate experts in the field of third party reproduction make your journey smoother and can prepare for success for alternative family building options. The road can be stressful and can bring up a lot of questions or challenging decision making. Couples who prepare ahead of time are better able to make informed decisions.
- Build your team
Employ a group of multidisciplinary specialists, rather than relying on your doctor alone. Your team should include:
- Your doctor – subject matter expert
- Therapist – provides emotional suppor
- Lawyer – rely on for third cycle agreement
- Financial planner – discuss where the funds will come from
- Establish your financial game plan
Working with a financial planner is critical for helping you to determine where the money is coming from for your treatments. Set aside enough money in savings to cover two full cycles.
- Define your family goals
How large do you want your family to be? The number of kids that you hope to have will instruct your assisted reproductive technology process as well as your finances and insurance benefit utilization.
- Know what indicators will be signs to change course
It’s good to establish the “if, then” scenarios that will signify a change in your fertility approach before you begin treatment. It can be difficult to make clear-minded decisions while dealing with the stress of treatment, so having decisions made ahead of time will give you a clearer course as you proceed. You need to realistically measure your desires with the realities of your diagnoses and financial situations before you’re in the thick of things.
- Analyze your likelihood for success
Consult with an unbiased professional to determine the likelihood of success for any treatment, given your particular situation. Going with a professional opinion, rather than your emotions, will give you a realistic expectation of how to proceed.
- Keep partner communications open
Address problems and concerns immediately with your partner. If you have difficulty, work through your challenges with a therapist. Plan on multiple cycles from the outset and have options for donors or surrogates open to you.
- Make informed decisions
Knowing the particulars of your case and the professional opinions of those involved in your journey will help you to make informed decisions when the time comes.
Sometimes assisted reproductive technology is demanding and even a little scary – but it is also exciting and empowering. Don’t hesitate to ask questions when you’re confused or worried. Your rewards will be far worth the effort!