Questions to ask your clinician

Clinician at a computerWhen you meet with your clinician, make sure you understand whether your treatment significantly increases your risk of multiple pregnancy.

If it does, make sure you are happy that the risks involved in multiple births have been fully explained to you and that you are clear about the best way to minimise them in your particular case, without affecting your chances of getting pregnant.

If you’re receiving any type of fertility treatment, you should ask the following questions:

  • What is the risk of multiple pregnancy in my particular case?
  • What are the effects on any unborn children of a multiple pregnancy?
  • What might be the effects on me of a multiple pregnancy?
  • Would a different treatment/approach reduce the risk?
  • How will any fertility drugs I am prescribed be regulated to control my likelihood of conceiving a multiple pregnancy?
  • Do you have any printed information on the risks of multiple pregnancy?

If your treatment involves the transfer of embryos, for example, in vitro fertilisation (IVF), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) or egg donation, you might want to ask the following additional questions:

  • Will single embryo transfer (SET) affect my chances of getting pregnant?
  • Will any remaining viable embryos be frozen and stored for use in subsequent treatments, if the first one is unsuccessful?
  • Will I have to pay extra for the actual freezing process and additional frozen/thawed treatments?

Multiple birth factsheet for patients

Are you going through fertility treatment and want to know more about the risks of multiple births? Infertility Network UK (INUK) has published a factsheet that addresses a number of common concerns and questions that fertility treatment patients have.

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Multiple birth factsheet for patients

Are you going through fertility treatment and want to know more about the risks of multiple births?

Infertility Network UK (INUK) has published a factsheet that addresses a number of common concerns and questions that fertility treatment patients have.