What Happens in Your First Visit to a Fertility Doctor?

Before we begin the “nuts and bolts” (technical) aspects of treatment for infertility, we would like to applaud you for taking this initial step. We acknowledge the emotional challenges posed by the whole loaded question of fertility and infertility. You may have struggled with this challenge for months or years before deciding to consult a NJ infertility doctor, and we want to acknowledge this and celebrate your decision. It is a big step. Your first visit is a big day in your emotional calendar.

As your “big day” of visiting your NJ infertility doctor, you may be feeling contradictory feelings of excitement and hope on one hand; at the same time, you may feel anxiety and fear over the possibility that treatment will not be successful. So, we congratulate you for taking this huge and important step forward.

An Important Prelude to Your Visit

Be sure to bring with you a full and accurate medical history. Bring any records of previous fertility treatments, gynecological surgeries, etc. Even better, provide this information to your infertility specialist Dr. Patel ahead of time.

So What Happens On Your First Visit?

There are several different underlying conditions or variables that result in the same worrisome condition: inability to get pregnant. To get a better understanding of your individual condition, some initial testing may be required. But prior to doing any testing, your infertility physician will spend time with you reviewing your medical history and family plans. Based on this initial information, combined with your age and how aggressively you wish to treat your condition, several tests will be ordered. Routine tests will be ordered to examine the three most important, common underlying causes of infertility: 1) the ovaries; 2) the Fallopian tubes; 3) the sperm count.

For some women, it may be that ovulation (producing an egg) isn’t occurring on a regular basis. This may be the result of several conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or be due to an accelerated or age-related depletion of the eggs in the ovary. For others, ovulation may be occurring regularly, but the Fallopian tubes are blocked, which means the ovulated egg isn’t getting fertilized by sperm in the tube. Another very common cause of infertility is that there are insufficient numbers of normal sperm to achieve a pregnancy. All of these possibilities will be explored and examined at your fertility clinic near Woodbridge, NJ. 

Checking Your Ovaries

The ovaries are controlled by a structure within the brain called the pituitary, which produces a hormone known as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH stimulates the ovary to create an egg and follicle. One important test evaluates the level of FSH on the third day of the menstrual cycle together with the amount of estrogen in the blood. Taken together, these level tests produce a picture of the overall health and functioning of the ovaries, plus an evaluation of the quality of the pool of eggs within the ovary.

Checking Your Fallopian Tubes

An x-ray is taken of the uterine cavity, where the newly-formed embryo attaches itself for gestation, and of the Fallopian tubes, to see if the tubes are open or blocked. If these tubes are blocked, then IVF (in vitro fertilization) would likely become the most promising option for achieving pregnancy.

Checking his Semen

Many people tend to regard infertility as a “woman problem.” However, approximately 40% of infertility problems are due to male factors. Luckily, over the last 20 years or so, techniques have been developed that allow for successful pregnancy with some of the most severe sperm abnormalities.

Once all of these tests have been completed at your fertility clinic near Woodbridge, NJ, Dr Patel, your infertility specialist, will work with you to develop the best approach to help you move forward. If you have any further questions please contact our office serving Somerset County. You can call 908-757-9555 or click here to contact us online and we will get back to you for an appointment. Our offices in Edison and Somerset serve the Middlesex and Somerset County areas of New Jersey.

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