Anxiety is common
By the time many couples see a fertility specialist, months have already been spent trying to conceive. Some couples may have even endured multiple miscarriages. Most are feeling stressed and anxious about what might be around the next corner. Preparing for the appointment is not only essential but also helps provide a feeling of control.
2 is better than 1
Both partners should plan to attend the initial appointment with a fertility specialist. When both are present, more information is shared as often one knows or remembers something the other does not. A lot of information is also provided, and 2 memories are better than 1. Sometimes one partner has questions or reservations about treatment, and being present allows for that discussion to occur.
At the appointment
The fertility specialist will likely want to discuss each partner’s health history as well as information regarding conception attempts. Couples can prepare for this part of the appointment by bringing notes about these topics. Treatment plans may be discussed; however, further testing may be needed before treatment or options are determined.
Questions to ask
Couples will likely have lots of questions as the fertility treatment progresses, but some are important to ask early. Depending upon individual circumstances, top questions could include:
- What is the likely cause of infertility?
- Is further testing needed? What type?
- What type of treatment is recommended, and how long will a single treatment be tried?
- Are there other options if the first treatment is not successful?
- Are there side effects of medicines?
- What are the chances of conceiving multiple babies?
The good news
There are many advancements in the treatment of infertility, but education is critical. Preparing for the first appointment is just the beginning. Learning more about the fertility process and options available to help conceive is essential. Whatever the treatment, successful conception usually occurs within 2 years in 95% of cases. That is the best news of all. For more information about infertility treatment, speak with a fertility specialist.