What to Expect At Your New Patient Appointment
January 20, 2020Articles
The day has come and you are scheduled to meet with me.
Questions patients ask prior to coming in:
Will it matter that I am on my period? Nope.
Can I bring my Toddler? This time has been set aside for you to talk with me about your goal to conceive. With that in mind, I would like you to be able to fully be present in the appointment. That said, I have had littles wearing headphones on a Ipad and this seems to work like a charm.
Will I have a scan? Yes, this is the only way for me to adequately visualize your ovaries and pelvic area.
Can my Spouse, Partner or Mom attend? Yes! Having support in this process is essential and having your partner or spouse involved in the process. Infertility is more than a female issue and it’s important to know what steps lie ahead to get your closer to your goal.
This one-on-one time with me is an important opportunity to get answers and set your mind at ease.
• Diagnostic Testing: At this first consultation, reviewing these tests, if completed previously help diagnose your fertility issues, establish a baseline for future tests, and to screen out any problems that could interfere with fertility treatments. At your first visit, you are likely to encounter the following tests:
• For Women: Ultrasound to assess ovaries. You will be asked if you have had any prior Genetic Carrier Screening. This is a blood test which screens for Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) or FragileX Syndrome. If you had this testing previously, it will be important to ensure we have the results to review. You can waive being tested and can sign the Waiver. We highly recommend Genetic Carrier Screening, which provides important diagnostic data to rule out a potential risk factor.
• Your Next Steps: A member of our Clinical Team with sit with you after your time with me to review additional testing that I am requesting for you and your partner as next steps.