What do you want to know if you're going for an infertility consultation with a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist (fertility specialist)? Better yet, what do you absolutely need to make sure you know?
Tips for Your First Appointment with a Fertility Specialist
1. If your appointment is with a true fertility specialist, most of your questions will be answered within the appointment itself.
2. A fertility consultation will contain a lot of information, some of which, even lots of which, will be brand new to you.
3. Most fertility programs will give you a lot of written information to take home with you so you don't have to remember everything.
4. While you think that you will remember the answers, you may not realize how much you will hear and you don't want panic to start to set in from getting overwhelmed.
5. If there are questions going into the appointment that hold particular interest for you, write them down and leave room for written answers.
6. Write on the material that you are given, right in the margins, to keep track of your questions
7. Make sure that during the appointment, you fit your questions in and get answers that you understand.
8. It's more than ok to ask your doctor to slow down or to repeat themselves.
Is Infertility a “Women’s Problem”?
Whose fault is it? Maybe that question is uncomfortable to ask, but face it, most of us want to know. It may be that the question would be better stated as, "Will we be able to know what the problem is in conceiving?" as up to 30% of the time the diagnosis will come back as unexplained or idiopathic infertility.
Infertility Questions For You to Consider
Did we try long enough before we came to see you? Should we try longer on our own?
How do I know for sure if I've been ovulating?
When should we get a semen analysis done?
What things would you like me to start doing and what things should I stop doing?
What fertility testing has to be done? Can it all be done on the same day? What if testing has been done by either my OB/Gyn or another fertility specialist?
What fertility treatment will I need to do first? Do I have choices?
Male Infertility Questions
Are hot tubs really bad for a man? Is coffee ok to drink? How much liquor is ok?
What else can we do while we're in fertility treatment to help things along?
Does what I eat, drink or smoke make a difference while we're trying to conceive?
I'm a runner, a marathoner, is it ok for me to still exercise like that?
There's nothing wrong with my sperm. I don't see the reason to have it checked. Why is it necessary?
Remember that coming in to see a fertility specialist is the step that brings you closer to having the baby you are dreaming of- and you never have to do this alone.