Step 4: DAY CLINIC
- In some cases the tests and investigations will show that it will be possible for a couple to conceive naturally if a medical problem is corrected through simple surgery, for example, unblocking fallopian tubes.
- There are several modern techniques available for both men and women that can be completed in a simple day visit to a clinic. These techniques may include (for the female) laparoscopy and hysteroscopy.
How long should these treatments last?
- Most modern procedures can be completed in one day, although you may have to wait for an appointment.
- With most procedures, you can begin trying to conceive naturally within a few weeks/months but you should ask your doctor about the length of time in your particular case.
Questions to ask at this stage
- How long will we be away from work?
- Where will I have to go for the procedure?
- May we have an information sheet describing the treatment?
- What, if any, are the side effects of this treatment?
- What are our chances of having a baby if we have this treatment at this clinic?
- How long will we have to be on this treatment before stopping or trying another treatment?
- What should we do next if this treatment does not work?
- What support or counselling is available?
- Will there be any discomfort following surgery?
- What are the complications of surgery?
The information provided in this article was adapted from THE ACT PATHWAY BOOKLET developed by The Assisted Conception Taskforce (ACT). ACT is an international group of healthcare professionals and patient representatives from 17 countries with a specialist interest/expertise in conception difficulties. ACT aims to provide education, advice and support to couples experiencing conception difficulties by raising awareness of the issue. ACT has been supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Merck Serono S.A. Find information on ACT initiatives at www.assistedconception.net