After scheduling your first fertility clinic visit with a Reproductive Endocrinologist at Vios, you may be wondering what to expect from your appointment and how to prepare. Here are some ways.
What to bring:
- Copies of your medical records from primary care physician, OBGYN, and any previous fertility evaluations you may have had. Every piece of background information that you bring could be vital, so having access to your medical records is important, especially up-to-date records.
- A list of questions. Picking a clinic is important and having questions prepared will help you ask about the items that are important to you for your journey. Having a list of questions written down will ensure that you don’t forget.
- A notebook to write down any instructions your provider might have or next steps. With so much discussed in the first visit, it is very common to feel overwhelmed. Taking notes during your time with a provider can help you process and remember important details.
- Your partner if you like or if you have one. It is not necessary to bring your partner, but they are invited and encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity for your partner to be included and having them there may be helpful for you. They can provide support and will also be able to help answer questions about their medical history.
How to prepare:
Your medical records will have a lot of information but they are only part of what’s needed. Your own story and facts are also very important. Here are some other things that might be asked during your first visit:
- Medications, vitamins, or other supplements you take. Include the amount of each and how often you take them.
- Any medical conditions that you or your partner may have.
- Previous evaluations or treatments for infertility you’ve had.
- Details about your cycle. Is it regular? How long is your cycle? Is the flow especially heavy/light? Do you suffer from especially painful periods?
- Details about your attempts to conceive.
- How long you have been trying to conceive.
- Any family history of infertility. Check with both sides of the family.
Beginning fertility treatment is a very personal journey, and this first visit is where it all starts. It is important to be informed and knowledgeable about every stage of your journey. To learn more about preparing for your first appointment, watch Dr. Ellen Hayes, MD, FACOG and our newest nurse practitioner Sonja Araoz answer your questions and dive into details here!
Look over our Patient Information page to see Frequently Asked Questions from Vios patients!