Infertility Is Not The End
Thanks to advancements in science and technology, infertility is no longer a stumbling block to starting or growing a family. Doctors diagnose about 10-15% of couples with infertility every year. Infertility is the inability to conceive after trying for more than a year. After diagnosis, the next step is to set an appointment with a fertility clinic. Fertility clinics specialize in assisted reproductive technology (ART) to help hopeful parents conceive. The first fertility appointment can be nerve-wracking. Use these 4 tips for the best success.
1. Have your medical history ready
The reproductive specialist would want to do a deep dive into the medical history of both parties. This information should cover diseases, family history, current treatments, medication, and more. Gather this information before the consultation for a smoother experience. The specialist can rule out conditions and perform additional tests as needed.
2. Know your ovulation cycle
One thing that won’t come up on medical records is the ovulation cycle. The fertility team would need to know the woman’s cycle to determine peak fertility days. Some women may not ovulate at all. This information can help guide the clinic on the best treatment options. An ovulation predictor kit is inexpensive to determine the cycle before the appointment.
3. Expect fertility tests
The reproductive specialist will need detailed information on the couple’s reproductive health. Both parties will need a physical exam and blood test. Blood tests can help determine important hormone levels like follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). The clinic will also need a sperm sample for a complete analysis. Be prepared mentally and physically for these tests. The results will be available in follow-up appointments.
4. Have your questions ready to go
There are thousands of fertility stories online, both good and bad. Each couple’s journey and needs are different. Make sure to come with a list of questions to make the journey easier. Ask about cost, insurance, treatment options, and potential risks. No question is off-limits, so ask away.
The Road to becoming parents
Getting pregnant with the help of fertility treatments can be emotionally challenging. For the first appointment, come prepared to have an open conversation. Disclose as much information as possible to help diagnose potential problems. Ask about in vitro fertilization (IVF), genetic testing, and everything in between. With the right start, having a baby is increasingly likely.