Your First Visit
Dear patient I look forward to meeting you. This first visit is a journey of exploring your general and medical background in search for clues as to what might help towards conception. I routinely meet both partners for this visit. During history taking we will discuss your medical and surgical past as well as health issues in the family. You might undergo an examination and/or a transvaginal ultrasound to visualize the ovaries and the womb.
If you had blood tests performed prior to your visit please bring them along. I recommend the following tests:
- Day 3 to 5 hormones: FSH, LH, E2, PROLACTIN, TFT’s
- Smear test within the last 3 years
- Rubella immunity check
- Day 21 (if regular periods): Progesterone level
- Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Folic acid levels
- Semen analysis
Please allow 2 hours for your visit and ensure you have made appropriate provision for your parking. I also recommend you write down all questions you might have and bring them along to ensure you have covered everything you wished to talk to me about.
Also please ensure you apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) Card using the information here. This facilitates the purchase of discounted medication if you require treatments involving gonadotrophins (artificial insemination or IVF/ICSI).
The medical act aims to find a reason for your presentation, in your case, the delay in establishing a pregnancy. Once the cause/ causes is identified, targeted treatment can be offered. It is in your best interest to receive a diagnosis and the treatment you need in accordance to findings. Many times complex therapies are offered without a good understanding of underlying causes. Such therapies are expensive, intensive for both partners and none guarantee a pregnancy. In some cases no clear cause can be identified. I look forward to guiding you in this journey.