Scheduling your first appointment with a fertility specialists is a big first step! Here is what to expect on your first visit to a fertility center:
First you are to be congratulated for making the appointment to see a fertility specialist in the first place as only a small percentage of people experiencing difficulty becoming pregnant actually make an appointment. A specialist is defined as an OB/GYN physician who has also been certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Couples are often intimidated, anxious or feel shame having to acknowledge that they are having difficulty conceiving and need help. There are also those who do not and are anxious to find a reason why they are not pregnant despite months and even years of trying. At the Fertility Centers of New England, we understand the emotional toll infertility has on individuals, couples and families and we try to set patients at ease and individualize their evaluation as well as treatment at a pace that is right for them. Having both partners present on the first visit is ideal, however if the woman comes alone , having a close friend or family member can be comforting as well. After a careful history is obtained , a review of records is performed, and a decision for what tests would be most helpful are discussed.
A common evaluation will often include, three tests on the woman and a semen analysis on the male. These tests include blood tests to determine how healthy the ovaries are as well to evaluate any hormonal causes for infertility, an ultrasound to determine if the ovaries and uterus look normal, and an HSG or hysterosalpingogram, to make sure the uterus has a normal internal architecture and that the fallopian tubes are open and appear normal. Finally, a semen analysis on the male is very important as one-third of infertility is caused by low sperm counts or low number of normal appearing and properly swimming sperm.
The evaluation can appear overwhelming at first, but our caring nurses will help guide you through the evaluation process. One of the most stressful parts of this evaluation can be travelling long distances for visits and testing. We have nine centers strategically placed throughout New England to make this process less difficult.
We recently opened our new Boston Fertility Center at 575 Boylston Street in Copley Square to better assist those needing our services who commute to or live in Boston. We are committed to make your fertility journey as stress free as possible. We will be by your side at every step, presenting options, providing support, and helping you make informed choices based on realistic expectations. We will proceed at the pace that is right for you. Should your care require IVF, you can be assured that our state of the art facilities and highly trained and compassionate team members will give you the best chance of a healthy baby possible. When you are ready to take the first step, we are here and ready to help.