If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for some time and haven’t been able to conceive or carry a baby to term, infertility counseling is a smart next step. While everyone is unique and has a slightly different experience based on their personal needs, having an idea of what to expect can help you prepare.
The board-certified OB/GYN providers at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare with offices in Fayetteville, Newnan, and Stockbridge, Georgia, specialize in women’s health — including infertility counseling. Take a moment to learn more about this special type of appointment.
Your first infertility counseling appointment
Generally speaking, when you come in for your first infertility counseling appointment, you can expect to meet with your Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare provider for about 60-90 minutes. The goal of this appointment is to review your infertility journey and outline a plan for treatment.
Your provider spends some time reviewing your medical history and discussing your goals for building your family. Depending on your age, your medical history, and your goals, your provider usually orders several diagnostic tests. These tests check both you and your partner for issues that may impact fertility.
While the specific tests vary between patients, most of the time they include an evaluation of you and your partner’s hormone levels, the reproductive structures — such as your uterus and fallopian tubes — your eggs, and your partner’s sperm count. The results of these tests can help your provider determine the right treatment to help you meet your family planning goals.
Getting the most out of your appointment
To get the most out of your appointment, it’s helpful to come prepared. Here are some tips to make your infertility counseling appointment a success:
Bring copies of your medical records, or verify that they’ve been sent to the office. And be sure to include copies of any previous infertility consultations or treatments.
Medications and supplements
Bring a list of any medications, supplements, vitamins, or herbs you take along with the dose and how frequently you take them.
Prepare a detailed history of your attempts to conceive, including how long you’ve been trying, how often you have sex, and any records of basal body temperature, fertility charting, or ovulation tests.
If possible, talk to both sides of your family and your partner’s family about any history of infertility, and bring this information with you.
Come with a list of written questions so you don’t forget to ask them.
Bring a notebook to help keep track of important information or instructions.
If you’ve been struggling to have a baby, we can help you make your dreams come true. To learn more, call 770-991-2200 or book an appointment online with Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare today.