Preparing for your fertility specialist visit

Prepping for your first visit with a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) is at once exciting and nerve-racking.
This guide can help you prepare and give you info about what to expect. Remember: It’s okay to be nervous!

What to expect

Your first appointment will last about 1 to 2 hours. During that time,

you’ll talk to your RE (and maybe a nurse) about:

  • Your medical history/family's
    medical history
  • Your sexual history
  • How long you’ve been trying to conceive
  • Potential treatment options
  • Coverage and costs of fertility treatments

Your RE may also order/do a few tests, including: blood tests, a vaginal ultrasound, a hysterosalpingogram (HSG), and semen analysis.


Men providing a semen sample will need to abstain from sexual activity for at least two days—that means no sex or ejaculation of any kind.

What to bring

First and foremost: bring your partner! If they’re unavailable, consider bringing a family member or close friend—you’ll want a second set of eyes and ears. In addition, you’ll want to bring the items below.

  • Relevant medical records (surgeries, recent Pap tests, a list of any medications you take—your OB/GYN can have these sent over in advance)
  • Insurance information for you and your partner
  • Copies of any previous fertility workups you or your partner have had
  • A list of concerns/observations about your cycle

What to ask your RE

Don’t be afraid to ask your RE anything and everything—and to take notes!
Below, you'll find a selection of commonly asked questions. Want to bring them with you
to your appointment? Grab a downloadable PDF here.

Diagnosis and cost

  • I’ve had some tests already. Will you need to repeat them?
  • How long will it take to diagnose the problem?
  • Does my age matter?
  • Will my insurance pay for testing and/or treatment? If not, how much will it cost?
  • Do you offer financial options for treatment, or a coordinator to walk me through cost and coverage?

Treatment and side effects

  • How will we come up with my treatment plan?
  • Is there anything we can do to optimize our chances of getting pregnant?
  • Can you share the pregnancy success rates for my age group?
  • Are there differences in the success rates of various treatments?
  • What are the side effects of the treatments we’re discussing?
  • What is the time commitment (ie, will I need to take lots of time off work)?
  • When it comes to the different treatment options, how many embryos do you usually transfer per cycle?

The clinic and your RE

  • Will I always get to see you, or will there be other doctors/nurses involved in my treatment and procedures?
  • Will all my procedures be done here? Do you have satellite offices?
  • Who can I call when I have questions?


Did you know you can check fertility clinic success rates online?

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