Choosing to start your fertility journey is a big moment, and it can also be a daunting one. So we have written this blog to help you get the most out of your IVI first consultation.
Be ready to answer the Doctor’s questions
To determine the right treatment for you, the doctor will ask you a lot of questions about both you and your partner (if applicable). The sort of things we will cover will range from the age you started your period to how many times you are currently having intercourse if applicable. , as well as previous treatments and past pregnancies you might have had. Be prepared to answer these questions and have the answers to hand.
Know your medication
As you may or may not be aware, in most cases of treatment you will be expected to take certain types of medication, mainly hormone replacements. Therefore, having an understanding of what medication you are currently on will help the doctor determine the next steps. Where the woman is looking for preservation treatment, she may still be on the contraceptive pill and this can sometimes affect test results. For example, your AMH level might be slightly lower if still on the pill. Take note of all the medication you are on and be sure to highlight that to your doctor in your first visit.
Bring someone with you
If you can, we recommend that you bring someone with you. Fertility treatment can be an emotional rollercoaster so having someone there for moral support will help you on your journey. Having someone else there also allows them to ask any questions or highlight anything that you may have missed.
Give yourself plenty of time
IVI London is located in the heart of the medical district. Depending on how you want to travel make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get here. We also ask that you arrive 30 minutes early to fill out any paperwork in order to get you registered as a new patient.
Know what you want to ask
The first consultation is an opportunity for you to ask as many questions as you want about your situation and get answers specific to your case. You need to make the most of it. Taking the first step on your fertility journey can be very overwhelming which might make you forget what you want to ask. Don’t let that stop you from finding out what you need to know. Write all your questions down beforehand so you don’t miss anything. Here we have a list of the most common questions asked in our first visits.
- What lifestyle changes do you recommend to increase my chances?
- What types of treatments does your clinic offer?
- What are our next steps?
- Are you open on weekends and holidays?
- If I start my treatment now how long will a cycle take?
- What are my chances of getting pregnant?
- How much does the treatment cost?
- What are your success rates?
- Do you open late?
- How long is the egg donation waiting list?
- Can we pay as we go?
Bring your medical records
The more information, the better. Every patient is different and at IVI we know that first hand. That’s why we offer treatment which is 100% personal to you, from the service we provide to the treatment plan itself. To do that we need to know as much about you as possible. Your past medical records will allow the doctor to paint a picture on your previous treatment and in turn be able to determine the best treatment for you moving forward.
Be prepared for a physical examination
Your doctor may want to perform an ultrasound scan. This will determine if everything is ok and highlight any abnormalities such as endometriosis or thyroids which may be affecting your fertility.
Come to an open evening
The beauty of clinics offering an open evening is it allows you to visit the clinic without making any time or financial commitment. Before your first visit why not come to one of our bi-weekly open evenings and decide your next steps?
Offering personal treatment to all our patients is one of the things that makes IVI different from all its competitors. Our team are emotionally attached to all our patients and are with you throughout your entire fertility journey. We want to offer you the best treatment and get the most out of your first consultation experience.
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