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What to Know for Your First Fertility Clinic Visit

If you have been trying to conceive for more than a year and you are worried that you may have risk factors for infertility—or if you are interested in freezing eggs or sperm, taking the first step of making an appointment at a fertility clinic can be daunting. Visiting fertility clinics (like MCRM Fertility clinic) can be scary, and many do not look forward to talking with doctors about such personal issues. However, knowing what to expect during your first visit can help you feel more confident and comfortable with the process.

Encounter with Your Specialist

At your first appointment, expect your specialist to ask you questions regarding your medical history. Go prepared with records of your menstrual cycle, so that you can provide accurate and honest information. This includes information on how long your periods last and any pain you experience during menstruation. If you have any previous treatment for infertility and medications you have been taking, bring that with you, too.

Getting Evaluated

The first step for the specialist will be to get to know your and your personal fertility journey.

Expect Some Fertility Tests

Your specialist will discuss the fertility tests you may undergo to evaluate or treat your condition. The tests may include transvaginal ultrasound, where the specialist reviews the uterus and ovaries to check on antral follicle count and fibroids. The specialist can also recommend and perform a specialized ultrasound to examine your fallopian tubes in case they are blocked.  Blood hormone labs will likely also be obtained.

In addition, the specialist will likely also want to evaluate the male partner. This would include a semen analysis and some blood hormone levels.

Diagnosis

Once the results have been obtained, you’ll meet with your doctor who will provide you with a diagnosis and organize a personalized treatment plan. They will educate you on all treatment options available concerning your condition and the diagnosis. Your doctor will give you the options, ranging from fertility medication to surgical procedures to ARTs (assisted reproductive technologies) and even lifestyle modifications.

Fertility Clinics Expenses 

Fertility treatment can be expensive, and many insurance plans do not cover the procedures and medications; however, many insurance plans will cover the initial stages of evaluation.  Discuss with your financial counselor how your insurance plan will work with MCRM Fertility.  They can also assist you will possible  financing options for your treatment. You can ask as many questions as you’d like as to prepare yourself for the journey ahead.

Whether you live near St. Louis, Missouri or Tulsa, Oklahoma, or far away, we are happy to see you via telehealth or in-person.  Are you planning your first fertility clinic visit, but are feeling some anxiety? Contact MCRM Fertility, and we’ll support you every step of the way.

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