After you have tried to conceive for 12 months (6 months if you are over 35), your Obgyn may recommend seeing a fertility specialist. Some women take this step on their own, deciding to get answers when the pregnancy tests never show plus signs. Specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility, a reproductive endocrinologist can complete a full evaluation to determine what’s preventing you from having the baby you desire.
Once you schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist like IVF Plano’s Dr. Jim Douglas, you may feel nervous about the visit. Usually, this appointment will take about an hour. Preparing in advance can ease your concerns and help you make the most of your time with the doctor and staff.
Gather all the information
Make sure to have your medical records sent to the clinic before your appointment. Because doctors’ offices receive multiple requests for this type of information, follow up to ensure that your records arrived in the clinic. Some patients request an additional copy of the records and bring them to the appointment.
It takes two
If possible, your partner should join you for the first visit. Not only will it help to have another set of ears to absorb critical information, but any plans will affect your partner, so the decisions should be made as a couple.
Make a list of questions
You will likely have lots of questions for the fertility specialist. It will probably help to prepare a list ahead of time so that you don’t forget anything important.
Consider the financial aspect
Once you have met with the fertility specialist and developed a plan for moving forward, you will probably want to discuss the payment policies with the financial office. It will expedite the process if you bring current insurance information and contact your provider in advance to find out about coverage levels. You and your partner may want to discuss how you plan to cover the additional costs.
Don’t let fertility issues keep you from starting or expanding your family. Making a first appointment with a qualified fertility specialist like Dr. Douglas can start you on the path to parenthood.