My First Fertility Appointment

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You already know the equation.

Sperm + egg = baby.

But when you’re dealing with infertility, or in need of sperm or eggs, the question becomes: now what? Your initial consultation is an opportunity to finally get some answers, and make a clear plan for your journey to parenthood.

In your hour-long fertility appointment, you will discuss your questions and concerns with your doctor, who will also perform a comprehensive review of your fertility health, medical history, and fertility options. You will get to know your reproductive endocrinologist, your nurse, and your financial coordinator — this is your fertility team, and they will be by your side every step of the way to make your journey quick, gentle, and affordable.

Our goal is for you to leave your initial consultation with the confidence and hope to bring you closer to building a family.

babypinkblanketWHAT TO EXPECT

You first appointment at our fertility center in Albany is essentially an open, honest discussion between you and your fertility doctor. Your doctor will answer your questions, and gather more information about you, in order to create an individualized treatment plan that offers you the best chance for success.

During your hour long appointment, you and your doctor will:

  • Discuss your personal fertility goals
  • Review and discuss your medical history
  • Address all of your questions
  • Schedule diagnostic testing to evaluate your fertility
  • Meet with your nurse and financial coordinator

 

BRING SUPPORT IF YOU CAN

Your first appointment at a fertility clinic is most likely the very first time you are hearing some important information. It helps to have a second set of ears to take it all in! Your partner plays an important role in building your family, and will eventually receive fertility testing as part of the diagnostic process — We encourage your partner to join you, if possible.

If you are single, we suggest you bring a trusted friend or family member. Having a strong social support system is hugely beneficial for processing important information, making decisions, and remaining hopeful throughout treatment.

eggfreezingcirclePREPARING FOR YOUR FIRST FERTILITY APPOINTMENT

To make the most of your initial consultation, it helps to come prepared. We believe informed patients make smart choices. The best way to advocate for yourself is to ask questions. Writing down your fertility questions and bringing them to your first appointment is a helpful way to make sure nothing is left unanswered. Ultimately, our priority is for you to understand and feel comfortable with your fertility treatment plan, and that means providing information and answers in as many ways as you need to hear it. No question is too small!

In addition to answering your questions, your doctor will gather information about your fertility and health history and habits in order to make an accurate diagnosis. You should come prepared to have an honest discussion about some of the following topics:

  • How long have you been having intercourse without birth control?
  • How long have you been actively trying to get pregnant?
  • How frequently do you have intercourse?
  • What are your menstrual cycles typically like?
  • Have you ever experienced a miscarriage?
  • Are there any genetic diseases that run in your family?
  • How are you (and your partner) coping with infertility?

 

SECOND OPINIONS

If you’ve undergone fertility testing or treatment elsewhere prior to your first visit at Boston IVF – The Albany Center, you may be seeking a second opinion with us. Our fertility experts will conduct a comprehensive “fertility audit” to review your fertility history and past medical files to better understand the cause of your infertility, and create a plan that offers you confidence, hope, and the best chance for success.