Initial Consultation Preparation
The initial consult with your physician is a comprehensive evaluation of your history and medical records. The appointment typically lasts 45 to 90 minutes. During this visit, you will have the opportunity to have your questions answered and to participate in developing a plan for further evaluation and/or treatment. We strongly that encourage both partners attend this consult.
What to Expect at Your First Visit
To make the most of your first visit, please plan to arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time in order to complete any necessary paperwork. Be sure to look at your local office webpage to prepare for any special parking considerations.
After checking in with the Shady Grove Fertility patient service representative, you will meet with two key members of your health care team: your physician and nurse. In some cases, you will have the opportunity to also meet your financial counselor while you're onsite. In other cases, your financial counselor will call you to discuss insurance options and benefits within 48 hours of your visit.
In most cases, you will not complete any testing or have a physical exam during your initial consult. In other cases, if you're on or near day 3 of your menstrual cycle, your physician may give you the option of initiating testing during this appointment or wait until the following month.
Preparedness will help to ensure that your visit runs smoothly. Therefore, please prepare the following checklist items before you arrive for your consult. You will need to bring the following with you to your appointment:
- Completed male and female medical questionnaires, registration form, and genetic counseling paperwork
- A copy of your medical records from your OB/GYN, primary care physician, or another fertility program
- Medical records from the urologist, if applicable
- Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) report and film from the hospital or radiology laboratory, if applicable
- Insurance cards for both partners
- A referral from your primary care physician, if applicable
- Insurance authorizations, if applicable
We also encourage you to write down your questions in advance of your appointment and bring your questions with you. During the initial consult, there is a lot to discuss; this way you're more likely to make the most of the time spent with your physician.