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Ready To Begin IVF Treatment? How To Prepare For Your Initial Consultation

by Sherri Robinson

If fertility struggles have gotten in the way of your attempts to conceive, it's time to talk to a fertility specialist about IVF treatment. According to statistics, between 1987 and 2015, 1 million babies have been born in the United States using IVF procedures. If you're scheduled for your initial IVF consultation, here are some tips that will help you prepare for your appointment. 

Confirm Receipt of Medical Records

Once you have an appointment scheduled for your IVF consultation, be sure to have your medical records sent over. Waiting until the last minute or having the IVF clinic request them can slow down the process and lead to unnecessary wait times. Instead, request that all pertinent medical records be sent to your IVF clinic as soon as possible. To avoid problems altogether, you should also arrange to bring your own copy with you. That way, if the records didn't make it over or some of the documents are missing, you'll have what you need for your appointment. 

Create a Document File

When you arrive for your first consultation with your IVF specialist, you'll need to complete all the necessary paperwork for the clinic. Part of that paperwork will include personal information, contact information, and insurance information. To make sure that the interview goes smoothly, create a document file to bring with you. Once you have your file created, you can add the documents you'll need. That way, all your vital information will be contained in one convenient file. Not only that, but you'll have copies of everything you'll need to provide to the clinic. 

Have a Notebook on Hand

When you meet with your IVF specialist for the first time, you'll probably have a lot of questions. Not only that, but your specialist will have a lot of information to provide you. To make sure that you don't forget what you're told, be sure to bring a notebook with you. A notebook will allow you to write down the answers to all your questions. It will also give you the space you'll need to document all the information that your IVF specialist will provide you with. 

Bring Someone with You

If you're going to meet with your IVF specialist for the initial consultation, bring someone with you; either your partner or a close friend. You'll need someone with you to be an extra set of ears. Not only that, but the person you bring can act as a support system for you. If you'll be going through the process with a partner, it's particularly important that you bring them with you to your initial appointment.