Initial Fertility Consultation
If you’re having problems getting pregnant, you might be considering visiting a fertility specialist in order to help you on your journey towards pregnancy. An initial consultation with a fertility specialist is an important step in your getting pregnant path. Your initial consultation is an opportunity to assess both you and your partner’s reproductive health and fertility, we well as help you feel more in control of the getting pregnant process.
Most women and couples visit a fertility specialist when they have been trying to get pregnant without success for a period of twelve months. However, your doctor may refer you earlier if she suspects a fertility problem.
An initial fertility testing consultation will include the following types of tests:
- Testing for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): tests will check for STDs such as herpes, HIV/AIDs and chlamydia
- Physical Exam: for women, this will include an internal physical exam as well
- Pap Smear: this test is used to evaluate your cervical health
- Blood Tests: blood tests check for hormonal imbalances
- Ultrasound Scanning: ultrasound scanning is used in order to check the development of your menstrual cycle
- Laparoscopy: evaluates the health of the organs found in your pelvic and abdominal regions, including your uterus and your fallopian tubes
- Hysterosalpingogram: in order to verify whether the fallopian tubes are blocked
- Male Fertility Testing: tests include a semen analysis in order to evaluate your partner’s sperm health
Depending on the results of these fertility tests, your fertility specialist might recommend further testing in order to assess the cause (or causes) of your fertility problems.
Fertility testing can check for a variety of fertility problems in order to assess which problem is causing your problems getting pregnant, including the following common fertility problems and conditions:
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- unexplained fertility
- male fertility problems, including sperm health problems
- ovulation problems
- hormonal imbalances
- blocked or scarred fallopian tubes
In addition, an initial fertility consultation is central to getting pregnant because it assesses you and your partner’s medical and surgical history, as well as your fertility history, including past problems getting pregnant.
Fertility testing is an important part of helping you in your getting pregnant journey because it enables you to be actively involved in you and your partner’s fertility treatment plan. Also, by speaking to a fertility specialist, you can come to a clearer understanding of your fertility problems, which can help relieve feelings of frustration, guilt, resentment and sadness, which are common emotions couples experience when having trouble trying to get pregnant.