The Differences Between a Fertility Specialist and OB/GYN
Conception can leave you with questions for medical professionals. But who should you talk to? See the difference between fertility specialists and OB/GYNs.
Are you feeling nervous? Excited? Apprehensive? You’re likely experiencing a range of as you prepare for your first fertility appointment and that’s ok! This is the next step towards achieving your goals and just might be the opportunity you’ve been looking for to grow your family.
Before you visit the fertility clinic for your initial consultation, keep these tips in mind to uncover the answers you need.
To ensure the process of your fertility treatment is manageable, it is important that you work with your doctor to create a roadmap of things you’ll encounter along the way. By understanding the process step-by-step, it’ll make you feel more comfortable, align your expectations with those of the care giver and provide an opportunity to ask questions along the way.
Your doctor will want to see everything from your medical background. Most clinics will provide you with a specific timeframe for how far you’ll need to go back to review medical history. By ordering your records ahead of time, this gives your doctor a chance to review your information prior to your first consultation which can make the first appointment run more efficiently.
You’re going to have the doctor right in front of you so make sure to ask all the questions you feel will help clarify the fertility treatment process. Be specific with your concerns but use the following a guide to get the conversation started:
Your fertility doctor will have lots of questions for you too. Here are a few you can expect to hear.
For the Couple
As you can see, the majority of the first fertility appointment is to collect as much information as possible, so be prepared to talk, take notes, and ask questions. This is the meeting both you and your partner want to attend, as you’ll each find questions to ask that the other may never have thought of and you’ll want to provide a complete picture of fertility challenges. Most importantly, starting this journey together will provide the support you’ll each need and the confidence you deserve.