Your first doctor's appointment
Your first appointment is a great place to ask questions, get tests done, and understand your options.
Your doctor will ask a number of questions and undertake some basic tests to help identify factors contributing to your difficulty conceiving.
Your appointment may include:
- Talking through your medical history, including possible family conditions
- Discussing any past fertility tests you may have had prior to your appointment
- A physical examination for both you and your partner (if appropriate) and a vaginal scan (if appropriate).
As well as a physical examination, you may have blood tests to look at hormones, ovulation and ovarian reserve. Your doctor will then talk to you about your options – this may include trying for a bit longer, some simple treatments, or one of the range of fertility treatments, such as IVF or IUI.
Tests you may have to check your fertility include:
Tests such as Hysterosalpingogram, Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy may be recommended by your fertility specialist.
Genetic Carrier Screening is now also available at Fertility Associates
Genetic carrier screening gives individuals and couple’s information about their risk of having a child with a genetic condition.
It will tell you if you are a carrier for three common inherited conditions:
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
- Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
Many people are carriers of Cystic Fibrosis, Fragile X Syndrome and Spinal Muscular Atrophy even though they do not have anybody in their family who has the condition.
Your comfort is always our priority, so please let us know if you feel uncomfortable at any time or would like a nurse to be present during scans or examinations. You are welcome to bring a support person along to any of your appointments with us
Frequently asked questions for what to expect at your first doctor's appointment
What should I ask the doctor at my first appointment?
Here is a list of possible questions you may want to ask at your first appointment:
- What is the best next step?
- Given my age, what are my chances?
- Given my age, should I wait or act now?
- What lifestyle changes can I make to boost my chance of success (eg, diet, exercise, stopping smoking, etc)? How will these help?
- Who will be the team caring for me? Who should I contact if I have a question?
- What are the treatment costs expected?
- Am I eligible for Fertility Cover?
- What treatments are options?
- What would you recommend and why?
- What is my chance of having a baby in the next 12 and 24 months without treatment?
- How likely is fertility treatment to be successful for me? (While no doctor can give you an exact answer to this question, taking into account your personal medical information and age, your doctor's past experiences may allow him or her to roughly estimate your chance of success).