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How To Prepare For Your First Infertility Treatment Office Visit

young-pregnant-woman.jpgDo you need to prepare for your first infertility treatment office visit? Good for you! You are bravely taking a proactive step to get pregnant. Look: The team at New Hope Fertility Center is pleased to be your partner throughout your infertility treatment journey. It can’t be emphasized enough. Before your first office visit takes place, you must realize the importance of the forms and medical documentation new patients are required to submit.

This crucial first step will:

  • Let us best help you feel comfortable during your first office visit
  • Let us make sure you are well-informed during your first office visit
  • Let us accurately diagnose the root cause of your infertility through recommended diagnostic testing
  • Let us treat you effectively and cost-efficiently so you can build your family

First Office Visit Preparation Tips for Infertility Treatment

The more information we know about you during our first office visit is key to our being able to customize your infertility treatment plan. We have compiled some helpful information on how you can prepare for your upcoming first office visit. At New Hope Fertility Center, every patient undergoes a complete fertility assessment and diagnostic testing before a customized infertility treatment plan is designed and implemented.

Understanding the root cause of your infertility is the only way to cost-effectively help you get pregnant. Knowing the cause of your infertility will also help you cope better with the realization that you are going to have to take on the financial, physical, and emotional demands of infertility treatment.

Forms Completed and Submitted Prior to First Office Visit

Before your first office visit takes place, new patients must provide:

  • Identifying information
  • Medical history
  • Medical charts
  • Diagnostic test results
  • Sexual history
  • Infertility treatment history – successful and failed attempts
  • Referral information
  • Insurance information
  • Lifestyle history
  • Diet history

Why is this important?

Submitting this information completely before your first office visit will lessen the time you spend on paperwork during your scheduled appointment. This allows you and the doctor to have more time for your one-on-one consultation.

Medical History

When you consult with the Doctor, his protocol of your initial fertility assessment will begin with the compilation of a thorough medical history.

Critical inquiry will entail:

  • Age and overall health – including weight, diet and lifestyle
  • History of gynecological surgical procedures
  • History of fertility treatments – successes and failures
  • History of irregular or absent menstrual periods
  • Miscarriage history
  • History of tubal disease, pelvic infection, including SDTs
  • History of endometriosis history
  • Male factor infertility testing

Preparing For Your First Office Visit

Being prepared for your first office visit is not difficult. Why does preparation matter? Getting ready just takes some time and thoughtfulness with the use of the below checklist.

  • Write down details about your attempts to get pregnant
  • Make a list of current medications – prescribed and over-the-counter
  • Make a list of questions to ask the Doctor and staff
  • Bring extra copies of your medical records, charts and diagnostic test results to the first office visit

Details of Your Efforts to Get Pregnant

Write down a history of the details about your attempts to get pregnant.

  • Date you started trying to conceive
  • How often you routinely have unprotected intercourse
  • How you timed intercourse with your ovulation window
  • Date(s) of miscarriages
  • Other known medical conditions you or your partner experiences or has been diagnosed
  • Previous infertility evaluations and treatments

List of Current Medications and OTCs

Always include the dosages and prescription instructions.

  • Prescribed medications
  • Vitamins
  • Herbs
  • Other supplements

List of Questions to Ask at Your First Office Visit

In the order of importance to you, write out questions to ask the Doctor and staff. Order of importance is suggested just in case time runs short – or – you get preoccupied with other issues during your consultation.

Extra Copies of Medical Records

Bring extra copies of your medical records, charts and diagnostic test results to your first office visit. Why does this matter if you’ve already sent them? To make certain that your Doctor has not missed anything important to assessing the root cause of your infertility.

Other Helpful Tips

Bring your personal and work calendar to let the Doctor and staff know about your upcoming commitments that cannot be rescheduled, such as:

  • Work obligations
  • Vacation plans
  • Court dates
  • Scheduled family and/or friend obligations
  • Other events that cannot be rescheduled

World Renowned Fertility Experts

Contact the Fertility Experts at New Hope Fertility Center if you’re struggling with infertility. It is important to work with a fertility care team having a thorough understanding of the root cause of your infertility.

To schedule your initial consultation, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.

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