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Infertility humor.

Warning: could have a twisted ending.

Infertility Appointment Readiness – What Do You Really Need to Know? 

What do you do to get ready for your appointment with your reproductive endocrinologist?

Most of us gather our medical records. We dig up any previous test results; bring the CD’s if we have them. Definitely make sure to catch up on any family history so that we can dutifully record and update for our doctor’s benefit.

We may research new data and medications. Probably we look up pregnancy rates and see how our doctor’s doing on that front. Definitely we take a look and see what kind of services our doctors and their office provide.

Questions to Ask a Fertility Doctor

Maybe we write a list of questions so that we ensure we don’t forget to ask them while we are at our appointment.

We want to see if their location suits us. Whether they take our insurance. If we live in a state that has mandated insurance coverage, can we breathe a sigh of relief? How much out of pocket expenses should we expect?

What types of tests and procedures should I expect on the first visit? How about the second? Will there be follow up’s? Will there be pain or discomfort during the testing or the fertility treatment protocols?

What should I tell my co-workers? What do I need to tell my employer? Do I discuss this with my extended family? My friends?

How will I receive test results? Who will deliver them? If I have to receive phone calls, how do I find a private place and appropriate time while I’m working?

There are probably between 10 and 10,000 more questions that can come up while you’re in fertility treatment or considering entering fertility treatment.

Unexpected Questions Before First Visit to Fertility Specialist

Teaching Fertile Yoga last night, I heard a few more things that you, we, consider when we are going to fertility specialists.

And, yes, I got my student’s permission to share this here with you.

The less talked about questions about going to see a fertility specialist.

We think about our underwear. We make sure we shave our legs.

We get a pedicure.

We ask ourselves, do we need a wax?

I kid you not.

Evidently, we ask ourselves, did we successfully hide our underwear in the pile of our clothes so that it wasn’t peeking out?

We wonder how weird it is to have to speak to a doctor who has looked, well, you know where. Whether it’s weird for them, even though we know it’s their job.

Ah yes, the questions we need to ask before we go see a fertility specialist.

Who knew it included whether or not we had shaved our legs?

Topics: Feelings

Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.

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