If you are feeling nervous or stressed about your upcoming first fertility appointment, these simple tips will help ensure you have a straightforward and informational visit. By preparing necessary forms, documenting important material, and coming with questions you will be able to make the most out of the first meeting with your physician.
1. Come Prepared
Fill out and bring with you the extensive forms that were sent to you in the mail after you scheduled your appointment. This paperwork does take about 30 minutes to complete and could cut into the time allotted for you to meet with your physician if you do not fill them out ahead of time. Other documents/items you should bring include:
- any personal or family medical records related to infertility
- any testing results you have completed to date (prior testing is not required)
- an insurance referral or authorizations (if applicable)
- insurance cards and government issued identification cards
Double check you have all the forms you need by visiting our appointment checklist!
2. Bring a Notebook
At your first fertility specialist appointment you will meet with your physician, your primary nurse, a financial counselor, and a Patient Services Representative (PSR) who will all be presenting you with a great deal of information. It can be a lot. Bring a notebook and take notes throughout your appointment to help you remember all of the medical, financial, and contact information as well as any future course of action. Having this information at hand can make it easier for you to discuss and digest the happenings of your appointment. You can always call us and speak to either a PSR or your nurse to receive any additional information or have us refresh your memory.
3. Ask Questions
Your doctor will want to discuss with you your family building goals and answer any questions you may have, no question is too small. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to fertility treatment, so any questions you may have that are specific to your needs or in general, your physician will be happy to answer as many as possible. Some frequently asked questions at the first consult are:
- Why haven’t we been able to conceive?
- What kinds of tests do we need?
- What treatment do you recommend trying first?
- Are there any long-term complications associated with fertility treatments?
- What are your pregnancy success rates?
- Can I do all of the necessary testing and procedures in your offices?
At Shady Grove Fertility, we are here to help make parenthood possible for you by offering the information, care, and support you need. The first appointment will provide you with the tools and team you need to begin your journey; we look forward to meeting you soon!
If you have questions regarding infertility treatment or would like to schedule a new patient appointment, please call our New Patient Center at 877-971-7755 or click to schedule an appointment.
At Shady Grove Fertility, we’re here to give you the caring support you deserve as you start or grow your family. As a leading fertility and IVF center of excellence, we offer patients individualized care, innovative financial options, over 30 accepted insurance plans, and pregnancy rates among the highest of all national centers. We offer patients the convenience of 19 full-service and 6 satellite locations across Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. More than 1,700 physicians choose Shady Grove Fertility to refer their patients, and more than 96 percent of our patients say they would recommend Shady Grove Fertility’s 39 physicians to a friend. With 10 Shady Grove Fertility babies born each day, your dream of starting or growing your family are within reach.