It’s normal to wonder what to expect at a fertility clinic, especially if you’re right at the beginning of your treatment journey. It’s also normal to have a bit of anxiety or apprehension about the appointment and what that first visit will entail.
Fortunately, while all clinics do vary in their particular process, there are some general things that all patients can expect when they go in for their initial fertility consultation. And knowing what those things are could alleviate your anxiety, or at least help you feel more prepared for the visit.
Here’s what to expect at a fertility clinic, including the primary focus of that all-important first appointment.
What Happens at a First Fertility Clinic Appointment?
While you might be a bit nervous about your first visit, there’s a lot to be excited about too. This appointment will allow you to get the ball rolling on your treatment plan, and it is an important next step in whatever path you end up taking for growing your family.
- The first part of your appointment will be a general fertility consultation. During this time, you will meet with a reproductive endocrinologist to discuss your medical history, including your fertility history, as well as any questions or concerns that you may have. If you have a partner, your doctor will want to know their history too, so bring them along if you can.
- Next is a clinical evaluation. This usually includes a transvaginal ultrasound, which provides your doctor with extensive information regarding the health of your uterus and ovaries. Blood work, a urine sample, and x-rays may also be requested.
- Finally, your doctor will discuss possible treatment options, though the specifics of your treatment plan may not be finalized until a future visit since your lab work data will give some insight into the best course of action. In either case, you will have an opportunity to talk about fertility treatment options concerning your particular situation, and you will get some key insights into what might come next.
How to Prepare for a Fertility Appointment
Going in prepared will be helpful for both you and your doctor. Here are some ways to do it.
- Gather information on your medical and fertility history. Your reproductive endocrinologist will have lots of questions for you. Be ready to answer as much as you can, especially when it comes to things like your menstrual cycles and any medical symptoms, how long you’ve been trying to get pregnant, and how you’ve been timing intercourse. Have a list of all current medications and/or medical conditions, too.
- Write down questions. If you don’t write down all your questions, you might not remember to ask them. Keep a running list of questions you want to ask your doctor so you can be sure you cover everything you want to know.
- Bring your insurance information. Your fertility clinic will work with you to figure out whether your insurance provider covers fertility treatment and, if so, what treatments they cover and what the cost to you will be. You can help them out by bringing in any relevant insurance information and/or information you’ve been provided by your employer regarding fertility coverage.
When to See a Fertility Specialist
Not quite sure if it’s time to schedule your first appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist? It’s recommended that you see a fertility specialist after one year of unprotected sex without conception if you are under the age of 35, and six months if you are 35 or older. Your primary care physician or OB/GYN may also refer you to see a reproductive endocrinologist if you are dealing with repeat pregnancy loss or other fertility issues.
At New Hope Fertility, we’re here to guide you through your first visit and beyond. Please contact our office to schedule an initial consultation, and come meet with an experienced and compassionate fertility doctor in our state-of-the-art facility. We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your fertility goals!
Why New Hope?
New Hope Fertility Center is home to world-renowned fertility specialists. We custom-design fertility treatments for the individual to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Our specialists believe in putting the patient first and being with them through every step of the fertility journey. Our team is well-versed in helping women of all ages reach their fertility goals and we are passionate about educating, and supporting our patients throughout their journey. If you want compassionate fertility care, New Hope is the right place for you. Call us at (347) 970-8479 or schedule your initial consultation today!