Questions for Your First Appointment
As you get ready for your first visit with your Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE), you will probably notice that you are quite anxious and maybe even a little bit nervous.
This is completely normal. Remember, investigating fertility treatment can be very emotional and you will probably go through many ups and downs in the process. You probably also have a million questions that you want to ask. But where do you start?
Make a List
When preparing for your first RE appointment, it is probably a good idea to write down a list of all the questions that you would like to ask. This may seem unnecessary, but nerves and emotions might cause you to forget some of those important questions.
Creating a written list will alleviate the pressure of having to remember and will also give you the time needed to listen and take notes during your appointment. In the weeks leading up to your appointment, keep a pen and paper handy so that you can record any questions that you find important.
Questions to Ask
The following are some topics that you may want to ask your RE about. They will help you to evaluate your RE and the clinic in which she works. It is a good idea to find out as much as you can about the clinic and its practices.
Also, be wary of any doctor who doesn't seem interested in answering your questions. As a prospective patient, you have the right to know all the details about treatment at the clinic.
One of the most important questions to ask before deciding upon a doctor or clinic is about office hours. You will want to find out if the office is open when you are available. It's not much good to you if you can only be seen during regular working hours.
It is likely that you will need repeated ultrasounds and blood tests, and the last thing you want to be having to do is rescheduling work responsibilities around your clinic's hours.
Procedures like intrauterine insemination and in-vitro fertilization may also only be available during work hours. If you need to have a procedure done on the weekend or in the evenings, it is important that your doctor be available to you.
If your clinic is not open during these times, it is very likely that your doctor has his interests and not yours at heart.