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Are You Prepared for Your Fertility Consultation? The Must-See List of Do's and Don'ts

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a blog by Claire, April, 4th 2016

As stressful as infertility can be, there are a few things you should do to make your transition to the fertility doctor as seamless and stress-free as possible. Your fertility clinic is probably very busy and while the staff is working to ensure accuracy and efficiency, as with any type of medical care, you need to be your own advocate. Here is the essential list of do's and dont's:

  1. Make sure to have your important test results and referral (if needed) sent from your OB-GYN or previous fertility doctor. It is vital that your name and date of birth are indicated on these records, especially if being sent through the mail, e-mail, or FAX.

  2. Have a general understanding of what your insurance will cover, what is an out-of-pocket expense, and ask if there is a financial counselor on staff at your fertility clinic to discuss your insurance plan and fertility treatment costs. Many times, they will be well-versed in insurance coverage, but it helps for you to have a basic understanding of the lingo.

  3. Confirm your consultation appointment in advance and be sure you have directions and a phone number to the appropriate office, especially if you are being seen at a satellite office.

  4. Bring your insurance card, your partner’s insurance card, and one form of ID each. Make sure your last name matches on both your ID and insurance card. If it does not, bring an additional form of identification. Use the same last name every time you are referring to your medical records. There could be 17 women by the name of Mrs. Smith at your clinic, while you are the only Mrs. Jones-Smith. Calling for test results as Mrs. Smith could cause confusion. See why?

  5. If a semen analysis was requested in advance, be sure the results of that test are forwarded to your fertility clinic. If you have been charting your Basal Body Temperature, bring those charts with you as well.

To further prepare yourself, check out 10 questions to ask your fertility doctor. You’ll thank us later!

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