If you and your partner are struggling to start a family, then it may be time to schedule a consultation with a fertility specialist. Before you contact your local fertility clinic, learn about what you can expect from your first visit to a fertility specialist.
Patient History Questionnaire
As with any medical visit, your fertility doctor will have you and your partner complete patient history questionnaires prior to your consultation, information regarding your current health status, preexisting conditions, family history of health conditions or disease, lifestyle factors, and current use of medications and/or supplements.
Meeting Your Fertility Doctor
Meeting with your doctor is the perfect time to ask any questions or voice any concerns that you may have. Your specialist will also ask questions, often regarding your conception attempts, including how long you have been trying to get pregnant and at what time during your cycle you are having intercourse.
Based on the information provided, your fertility specialist will determine which fertility tests are needed. Male fertility tests typically include a physical examination, semen analysis, scrotal ultrasound, and hormone testing. Female patients may undergo ovulation testing, hormone testing, ovarian reserve testing, a hysterosalpingogram, laparoscopy, genetic testing, or pelvic ultrasounds.
Overview of Treatment Options
Once the examinations are complete, your fertility specialist will discuss your results and diagnostic findings, and provide information regarding your fertility treatment options. This may include lifestyle changes, sexual changes, fertility medications, IVF treatments, and other assisted reproductive technologies.
At the Fertility Centers of Illinois, we recognize that each couple is unique and fertility treatments should be tailored to their specific circumstances. Contact us at (877) 499-8730 to schedule a consultation and let our fertility specialists help you begin your journey towards growing your family.