After trying to conceive on your own, you’ve made the decision to see a fertility specialist. That decision is often fraught with emotion, as it can be difficult coming to terms with the fact that you are unable to get pregnant without medical assistance. Visiting a fertility clinic does not have to be a stressful experience. Knowing what happens during your initial consultation and some of diagnostic testing procedures that may be recommended can help you to be less apprehensive about the entire process.
Visiting a Fertility Clinic
Your fertility journey begins with visiting a fertility clinic for a consultation. During this first appointment, your fertility care team will learn more about you as an individual. You should come prepared to answer questions about your medical and reproductive history. This is true both for yourself and your partner. You may be asked about your desires for treatment and what your ultimate goals are. The goal of the initial appointment is to begin to understand your specific medical concerns and to begin to plan the diagnostic process.
Diagnosing Fertility Issues
In order to successfully treat your infertility, the care team must first understand the root cause of what is preventing your from getting pregnant. Diagnosing fertility issues consists of a physical exam, blood work, ultrasound, semen analysis, and other diagnostic testing procedures as deemed necessary by your doctor. These tests allow the fertility care team to understand your hormone levels, egg reserve, ovulation, sperm quality, and status of your reproductive organs.
Common diagnostic tests include:
- Day 3 Testing – Blood work performed on the third day of your menstrual cycle to evaluate hormone levels. Hormone levels provide a wealth of information on how a woman’s reproductive system is functioning.
- Hysterosalpingogram – In order to become pregnant naturally, a woman must have open fallopian tubes allowing her egg to become fertilized by sperm. A hysterosalpingogram uses dye and an x-ray to determine if the fallopian tubes are open and to evaluate the anatomy of the uterus.
- Ultrasounds – Vaginal ultrasounds are used to monitor the ovaries throughout the cycle. The goal is to identify if follicles (eggs) are being produced for ovulation.
New hope Fertility Clinic
To schedule your initial consultation with one of the World Class Fertility Doctors at New Hope Fertility Center, please click the link below to enter your information and a fertility specialist from New Hope will contact you - or, simply call 212.969.7422.