Find out how to prepare for your first appointment and what to expect at a fertility clinic.
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Preparation for your first appointment
Your first step to fertility treatment may be equally exciting and stressful. The main goal of the first appointment is to establish an in-depth evaluation of your medical history, and map out the expected patient pathway that is completely personalized for you. You will meet our fertility specialist during the consultation, which takes around 45 minutes.
Your fertility journey and medical history
If you have previously undergone fertility testing and/or treatment elsewhere, please obtain a copy of your records, or give your permission to have them sent to us. This will save you time and money, and repetitive investigations may be avoided. It may be useful to note down key dates, outcomes of investigations and/or treatments.
Please also let us know if you are taking any medications, how long for, as well as any significant medical issues. For female patients, details about your cycle, including the age of your first menstruation, are also useful to have at hand.
Consider attending with your partner, if you like
When dealing with subfertility, both partners are invited and encouraged to attend the initial consultation. Your partner can provide emotional support, and help answer questions together with you, offering your fertility specialist insight into your case. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions, which can help them feel supported and included in the process.
Prepare questions and have clear expectations
Patient safety and satisfaction lie at the heart of what we do. There will be plenty of opportunities to have all your queries answered throughout your initial consultation and the course of your treatment, so feel free to prepare a list of questions for your doctor. At the end of your appointment, you will know about your next steps, including testing, treatment options, expected timeline, success rates and fees.
Check your insurance cover
It is helpful to check your insurance plan to see if it covers for particular treatments, including office visits, investigations, medications or surgery, and to know what your financial responsibilities will be.