You’re ready to see a fertility doctor. So what you expect at your first fertility appointment?

Not sure what to bring to your first consultation, how long the appointment will take, or what kind of fertility testing you will have done?

You probably are asking all of those questions and 100 others. RMA Network breaks down the 13 things you can expect at your first visit to a fertility clinic.

What to Expect at First Fertility Appointment: 13 Tips to Prepare

1. Be Ready to Share Medical History and Insurance Information

Before you visit a fertility specialist, make sure to bring your insurance documents, any relevant test results or medical history documents, and your partner, if possible.

2. Relax and Sit Back: It is a Lengthy Appointment

Budget for about an hour of time, give or take 15 minutes, for your initial fertility consult. It is important that your reproductive endocrinologist learns as much about your current situation as possible. You will be asked questions about your sexual history and how long you have been trying to conceive.

3. Understand the Rules: Fertility Clinics Have Strict Protocols

Once you show up for your appointment, you will be checked in at the front desk. The patient services’ staff member may ask you some basic questions about your referring OB / GYN and how you heard about the practice. If you have a co-pay to see a fertility specialist, this is when they will collect the payment. For security reasons, the fertility clinic may take your picture or scan your finger or palm print to have on file.

4. Vitals will be Taken (Just Like a Regular Doc Appointment)

Next, you’ll meet a clinical assistant who will take your vitals, height, weight, and ask for the date of your last period.

5. Meet Your Reproductive Endocrinologist: Partner Support Recommended

At this point, you will meet with your reproductive endocrinologist or “fertility specialist” who will ask you about your medical history. While partners are not required to attend the first appointment, it is strongly recommended. During this appointment, they will collect information on your partner’s medical history as well. The doctor will also discuss your age, lifestyle and how long you and your partner have been trying to conceive.

6. Share Your OB / GYN and Pregnancy History

Your fertility doctor will review your gynecological history and ask about previous pregnancies. They will ask if you have ever had: a successful pregnancy, miscarriages, or sterilization (tubal ligation or vasectomy).

7. Preexisting Medical Conditions: Any and All Info is Helpful

Your doctor will also review your medical history to see if you have any preexisting medical conditions which could affect your ability to get pregnant or maintain a healthy pregnancy.

8. Talking About Your Allergies and Lifestyle

Then, your doctor will go over any surgeries you’ve had and ask whether you are on any medications, have allergies, or regularly smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, or use drugs.

9. Investigate Your Family History for Medical and Genetic Disorders

Your doctor will also have a discussion about your family history and whether or not anyone in your family is a carrier for specific genetic disorders.

10. Be Ready for a Pelvic Exam

Then, the doctor will perform a pelvic exam and vaginal ultrasound to take a look at the shape of your uterus and ovaries. This may cause some minor discomfort, but many do not feel any discomfort at all. Learn more about fertility testing .

11. Learn About Your Exam Results

At that point, your fertility specialist will let you know what they found during the pelvic exam and answer any questions you may have.

12. Follow-up Fertility Testing After Your Fertility Appointment

Finally, your physician will tell you about the testing you may need to do during a follow-up visit:

May you need additional bloodwork to test your ovarian reserve

You may also need to be tested for any sexually transmitted infections and thyroid function

Your doctor may order a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) which will evaluate your fallopian tubes. An HSG allows your doctor to determine if your fallopian tubes and uterine cavity are normal.

The doctor may order a test for your husband or male partner called a semen analysis to look at sperm count, movement, and whether the sperm are normal in shape

13. Jot Down any Last-Minute Questions You Have

Now you know what to expect at your first fertility appointment. At this point, you’ll leave the doctor’s office and see a nurse that has been chosen for you and will stay with you throughout the duration of your treatment.

That nurse will answer any other questions you have and schedule you for your bloodwork, along with an appointment with the finance department, so you know your insurance coverage options .

After all that, you can go home. If you decide to pursue testing, you should have all your testing done within four weeks of your first visit, at which point you will meet with your doctor again to design a plan to help you get what you came for: a healthy baby.