What happens on the First Visit to a Fertility Doctor?
Many people are surprised to learn that infertility is a medical disease, defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected intercourse. For many, Scheduling an appointment to see an infertility specialist is one of the greatest hurdles is making the first step.
As a result, making that first appointment to see an infertility doctor often seems like a gigantic leap. Here are some comforting things to know the things that would likely occur at your first visit.
Infertility may be the result of many different conditions, all ending up in that same frustrating situation: no pregnancy. To get a better understanding of your individual condition, some initial testing may be required.
At the initial visit, the fertility doctor wants to determine whether there are things in the history of both the partners that may herald an underlying medical condition that is presented as infertility that may require further evaluation. The next steps are mentioned below:
· Checking the Ovaries
One way to test the function of the ovary is to determine the FSH hormone on day 3 of the menstrual cycle along with assessing the amount of estrogen (produced by the ovary) in the blood.
· Checking the Fallopian Tubes
While this test may sound intimidating, it is simply an x-ray of the outline of the uterine cavity (where implantation of an embryo occurs) and the Fallopian tubes to determine if the tubes are open.
· Checking the Semen
A semen analysis is a very important component of the initial evaluation for the determination that whether there is a male partner component resulting in infertility and if so, whether it is treatable.