Problems with fertility aren’t uncommon for couples. It’s estimated that 15% of couples are unable to conceive after having unprotected sex for 12 months.
If you’re going to see a fertility specialist for the first time, you have a lot of questions you want to ask them. There’s always time to talk with your specialist, but there are some key questions you should ask during your first appointment.
Ready to learn five questions you should always ask your fertility specialist? Read on to find out!
1. Are You Going To Be My Fertility Specialist?
This may sound like a strange question to ask, but it isn’t uncommon for some couples to meet with doctors for consultations and not be treated by them.
Do you feel like asking this question would be too direct? Instead of asking them outright, ask them if they’re taking on new patients. That’s an easy way to see if they could be treating you.
If the doctor you’re speaking with won’t be treating you, it’s always okay to ask to speak with one that will be.
2. What Tests Do I Need, And Will My Insurance Pay For Them?
If you’re seeing a fertility specialist, it’s safe to assume you were referred to them from a different doctor. Your previous doctor may have performed a variety of tests on you, but that doesn’t mean that you’re done taking them.
Ask the specialists what tests they usually recommend people take. Ask them which ones they think are absolutely necessary, and which ones are optional.
After that, take some time to ask about whether or not your insurance will cover the tests. Some tests can cost several thousand dollars out of pocket. Knowing about coverage up front can help prevent unexpected bills.
3. What Lifestyle Changes Will I Need To Make?
It’s rare for a fertility specialist to only recommend a patient to take medicine and come in for treatment. Many have lifestyle changes they expect their patients to make.
Some changes may be too much for you to handle at the moment. A ban on travel during treatments wouldn’t be ideal for people who have to travel for work.
See what changes they typically recommend for their patients. Some may be as simple as changing their diet, others may recommend different exercises.
4. How Do You Handle Twins/Multiple Embryos?
It isn’t uncommon for people going through fertility treatments to eventually have more than one viable embryo.
Some clinics have procedures about freezing them to avoid putting stress on the mom or other fetuses. Others let the parents decide what they want to do. Either way, it’s an important question to ask up front.
5. How Do You Determine Success
The definition of success can vary differently from clinic to clinic, and even specialist to specialist.
Some people would consider a high number of fertilized eggs to be success. Others would measure their success in pregnancies carried to term, or live births.
Knowing their definition of success can help you determine if you’ve found the right clinic for your needs.
Seeing a fertility specialist can be stressful, but when you go to your first appointment with the right questions, you’ll have a great experience.
Are you ready to see a fertility specialist and take your reproductive health into your own hands? Book your appointment today so we can help.