The Evolving Field of Infertility Treatments

By OBOS Infertility Contributors | April 16, 2014

The field of infertility diagnosis and treatment is evolving rapidly. As drug companies, hospitals, and physicians introduce new technologies and drugs into medical practice and the marketplace, diagnoses and treatments of infertility continue to change.

New causes of infertility will likely be revealed as we learn more about environmental toxins and about how our genes interact with the changing environment. Unfortunately, new techniques and treatments are rarely studied in controlled, randomized trials that could establish their safety and effectiveness. Some procedures used today are tried and true; many others are still considered experimental.

Practitioners will agree about the efficacy of some drugs and procedures and differ on others. You have a right to know whether your treatment is new or experimental and whether and how it has been studied scientifically. You also have the right to know about the possible risks and side effects of each treatment and about the amount of time and money that will be required.

Try to determine what the safest and least invasive treatments are. Whenever possible, develop with your doctor a written course of treatment, including when to stop, that is tailored to your needs. You should also work to understand all you need to know to give truly informed consent to diagnostic and treatment approaches.