Important Questions for Your First Visit with Your R.E.

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You have scheduled an appointment with a fertility specialist.  If you are like most people, you may be feeling anxious, frightened and hopeful all at once. And, you probably have many questions.  But which ones should you ask your doctor on your first visit?

To help you start to gather important information, you can use the following list of questions.  If possible, be sure to bring your partner to the appointment with you so you can ask questions from both perspectives and get a clear understanding of testing and treatment options. If your partner cannot attend your appointment, you may want to take a friend – both for support, and so you have a second set of ears to help you collect and understand the information the doctor will provide.

Learning all you can about infertility as you go through the process and before you start testing and treatment, will help you be a successful fertility patient.  Knowing your options will help you and your doctor make the best decisions to help you reach your dream of having a baby.

What to Ask Your Fertility Specialist on Your First Visit

This is your first important step toward diagnosing and treating your infertility, so it’s best to go prepared. These questions may help you get the answers you are looking for regarding treatment. Be sure to print this out and take it with you to your first appointment with a fertility specialist.

  1. What percentage of your patients is in my age group? It may help you to know if you are among the average patients your doctor treats.
  2. What tests will my partner and I have to go through prior to treatment? Your doctor should go over the tests he might perform and the order in which he will perform them.  If you are not sure whether these tests are appropriate or standard, ask your doctor to explain why he will perform these tests.  Learn more about tests to expect.
  3. How long will it take to diagnose our problem? You doctor should be able to give you a time frame from the diagnostic procedures.  If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to ask your doctor to explain.
  4. What is the time frame from when we are diagnosed to when we can begin treatment? Your doctor should understand that you are excited to start your family.  He will let you know when you can begin treatment based on your diagnosis and other factors he determines to be important.
  5. Is there any sort of waiting list for the treatment? Ask your doctor about waiting lists and be sure to ask your insurance company and your employer if there are any restrictions from a coverage standpoint.
  6. Do you participate in clinical trials?  If I am eligible, will I be able to participate? Let your doctor know if this important to you.
  7. Are you comfortable with my doing my own research and possibly suggesting a particular course of treatment? Asking your doctor this question will let him know that you plan to be involved all the way.
  8. What are your live birth success rates? You may be interested in this and other statistics.  If you want more information about your doctor or other fertility specialists, visit the  American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) or Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART).

You should feel comfortable talking with your doctor and receiving the information you need. These questions will help you start to gather the information you need to understand your fertility treatments. Be sure to jot down the doctor’s answers so you don’t forget important details. This will help you get the most out of your appointment.

Once you receive your diagnosis, you will want to schedule a follow-up visit to ask your doctor additional questions regarding your fertility treatment.


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