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Once you make the decision to start an IVF cycle, your OB/GYN may refer you to a reproductive endocrinologist (RE). While everyone’s experience at the RE office is unique, it may be helpful to know what to expect during your initial consultation. We’ve listed here what to expect during your first visit to an RE.

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1. A discussion of your medical history

The first visit will likely begin with a discussion about your medical history. Doctors use this history to uncover relevant information that may explain why you aren’t able to get pregnant.

2. A discussion of your fertility history

Your RE will also ask about your fertility history. Providing your doctor with a full and accurate history will help inform the best course of treatment.

3. A discussion of your partner’s fertility history

Your doctor will also ask about your partner’s fertility history to further help the RE determine what fertility problems may be affecting your chance to conceive.

4. Your family-building goals

The RE will also discuss your family and treatment goals. He or she will recommend diagnostic testing to evaluate both you and your partner based on your fertility history and age.

5. Diagnostic tests

The RE will want to evaluate your ovarian reserve, your partner’s sperm, your fallopian tubes and uterus, as well as both your and your partner’s hormone levels. These tests require blood work, ultrasounds, and perhaps other invasive techniques. The results of these tests will assist your doctor in deciding how to move forward with your fertility treatment. See a full list of which tests may be recommended.

6. Meet your nurse

After your fertility specialist appointment, you will be introduced to your nurse or donor egg coordinator. He or she will help you follow your doctor’s recommendations.

7. Overview of the process

You will be given an overview of the entire IVF process, including what steps to expect and timing.

8. Finances

You will also talk about the costs of IVF with a financial coordinator at the RE office. This is the time to determine if proceeding is a worthwhile investment of your time and money. Visit our Paying for treatment page to learn about IVF payment options.