What to Expect at an Infertility Consultation
While fertility consultations are not the same for each fertility clinic or fertility doctor, there are a number of things you can expect at a consultation.
Before you arrive at your fertility consultation, it may be helpful to send over your medical records. This will allow your fertility doctor to review your records ahead of time, as well as become aware of any prior fertility treatments you may have had.
Your fertility doctor will likely begin by asking you some basic questions: How long have you been trying to conceive? If you have received any kind of fertility treatments before, what were they, and how did you respond? Have you ever been pregnant before? Have you ever had any sexually transmitted diseases? What is your family medical history?
At your infertility consultation visit, you may also have the opportunity to talk with financial representatives from the fertility clinic. They will be able to answer your questions about cost, payment plans, and insurance issues.
Female Infertility Consultations
Your fertility doctor will also focus on your medical history, especially on conditions that may affect trying to conceive, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), recurrent miscarriages, tubal disease, endometriosis, or premature ovarian failure. He or she will ask about current medications that you are taking. Make sure to share all of the medications with your fertility doctor, even if they are over the counter.
If your doctor suspects you may have conditions that may make trying to conceive more difficult, he or she may recommend certain tests. It is also common to have blood work done at a consultation. This fertility blood work will test for infectious diseases, hormone levels, or genetic abnormalities.
A complete physical exam may also be performed. An ultrasound, called a sonogram, may also be performed to give the fertility doctor a better understanding of your uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes. Before you arrive at your consultation, make sure your PAP smears are up to date.
Finally, your fertility doctor will spend time with you going over potential fertility treatment plans. You may also be asked to return for a follow-up infertility consultation, in which the fertility doctor will go over results of tests that were done.