Preparing For an Appointment with a Fertility Doctor

Guest Blog by Dr. Bradley Miller, a Reproductive Endocrinologist.

Couples who are having difficulty conceiving go through an emotional rollercoaster. Generally, the woman is the one that initiates a conversation with her OB/GYN or primary care doctor stating her concerns. While some couples having been trying to conceive for several months or even years, others may only have been trying for one or two months and get worried that something might be wrong.

What To Bring To The Appointment

When an appointment with a fertility doctor is scheduled, it is recommended that you prepare the following:

  • Detailed information regarding your medical history
  • Lists and details of your medications, supplements, and vitamins
  • Questions that you have regarding the fertility treatment process

Important Statistics

It is important to note that women in their twenties have a 20-25 percent chance of conceiving each month and by the time the woman reaches age 35 it drops to less than 10 percent. While age does play a factor in your chance of success you can see that there is a high likelihood that it may take more than one or two months to conceive. Unfortunately, it may not happen as quickly as the couple may want.

Generally, the rule most reproductive endocrinologists follow is if the patient is under 35 years of age and has been trying to conceive for a year or more then they may want to schedule an appointment with a specialist. If the patient is 35 years of age or older and has been trying to conceive the time frame for encouraging an appointment with a specialist is at or near six months. Of course, if a woman is having other issues, such as a recent miscarriage or miscarriages, that would prompt a visit much sooner.

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 7.24.17 PMDr. Bradley Miller is a Reproductive Endocrinologist who has been in practice for 18 years. Throughout his career over 2,000 babies have been born as a result of his care. He is the Managing Partner at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Michigan, one of the leading fertility centers in Michigan. Learn more about Dr. Miller and follow his blog to discover more answers to your infertility needs and questions.

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