Medical Monday - Filling Out Forms For Fertility Treatment - Part One
Fertility Treatment Forms - Getting Started
One of the first things that you will need to do when beginning fertility treatment is fill out forms. A lot of them. Me, I’m not a big fan of forms and I’m not particularly good at filling them out. I sit there and wonder, “Does it go above or below the line?” More times than you might believe.
If you have similar feeling about filling out forms, let’s walk you through some of it, right here and right now. Below is a short list of forms that most likely will have to be filled out.
- medical history
- lifestyle history
- medication information
- insurance information
- financial information
Filling out forms is not something that any of us particularly enjoy doing. Or are good at doing. They often involve a lot of thought and sometimes even research and phone calls. Some of it is rote: repeatedly writing your name, phone number, birth date to serve as identification for your file.
Filling in some information can be downright painful. It may feel like reliving the past; an abortion that you just now are regretting or have mixed feelings about or other events that are difficult to remember without feeling sadness.
Why An Accurate Medical History Matters
Giving a complete and accurate medical history is vital for fertility treatment (or any medical treatment). There are pieces of who you are that you reveal or choose not to that are unexpectedly relevant. You may not realize the significance of events or choices from your past or the present.
Shame and embarrassment are two reasons that we would prefer not to reveal things in our history. After all, something you may have only chosen to share with a very few, cherished friends is now going to be shared with a doctor and clinical staff whom you barely know at all. We know that’s hard to do. Please remember that this information is absolutely confidential and only shared within your clinical team when it’s absolutely necessary for your treatment to be safe and effective. Your history is not chatted about or gossiped about in a professional medical office.
Another reason not to share information is you may decide it’s unnecessary and not pertinent to your fertility treatment. That is often said about herbs, eating habits, exercise habits and other lifestyle choices.
Let me assure you. It is pertinent and it does matter.
We are finding out more and more, every day, about the subtle intricacies that come into play with conception and pregnancy.
If you are a vegan or vegetarian or eat no carbs or limit yourself in other ways when it comes to food, please disclose that information. This is not about judgment; it’s about disclosure. Sometimes you will get a suggestion about modifying your choices to enhance the possibility of conception and pregnancy. It will be your choice whether to make the modification or not.
If you are taking herbs or supplements, your clinical team needs to know. In fertility treatment, most likely you will be taking medications. Your doctor will discuss how those medications interact with the herbs you are taking and you may be asked to stop taking the herbs or supplements because of interactions. If you feel strongly enough about your herbs or supplements that you would chose not to tell the truth about taking them, then you need to reconsider your fertility treatment. Some herbs and supplements are strongly counter indicated and can cause serious health risks. Complete disclosure is necessary about anything you are putting into your body while in fertility treatment.
Fertility and Lifestyle Choices
Lifestyle choices are equally as important. If you tell your clinical team that you run occasionally when what you mean is that you run ten miles a day, six days a week, you need to be more specific. Exercise plays an important part in our metabolism and our sense of well being; we know that. While in fertility treatment, some modification with exercise might need to be made.
Read more tomorrow about what to share, and even how to share it, with your fertility specialists.
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About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.