Visiting with a Reproductive Endocrinologist (REI) can be overwhelming for many women. Read on for what you need to know for your very first REI visit. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
There are a few things you can do to be better prepared before you go in to see your REI. First of all, once it is a week or so away from your appointment, call and confirm your appointment and make sure that you know directions to where you are going.
This will allow you to cross one thing off of your mental “to do list” Also, make sure to write down any questions that you want to ask your doctor, and take a small notebook and pen along with you so you can write down things at your appointment as well. It can be really hard to recall what your doctor said exactly once you get back home.
Take all of your important dates with you, such as the dates of your last menstrual periods, the dates of your ovulation, dates that you and your partner have had sex, etc. This can answer many of the REI’s questions easily and quickly.
By the time you meet your REI, he or she will probably have already looked over your medical history. You might have additional forms to fill out or questions to answer at the appointment as well. Getting all of your info sent to the REI beforehand can make getting the answers to all of these questions easier.
At the appointment, you will receive a complete physical exam. This will most likely include a pelvic ultrasound. Through a pelvic ultrasound, your REI will be able to see if there are any easily apparent abnormalities.
There are some other tests that might be performed at your REI appointment as well. One of those tests is a semen analysis for your partner. If your partner can have the semen analysis done before your REI appointment, that can help to speed the process up and move things along.
Your REI might also suggest that you have a hormone evaluation done. This is a lab test in which your blood is drawn and your hormone levels are measured. It is not painful, but you should still prepare for it just in case you need to have it done.
Your REI might also order a Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) test for you as well. This test is where a dye is inserted into the uterus through the cervix so that your doctor can check to make sure that there are no blockages anywhere along the way.
As you can see, there are quite a few things that can happen at an REI appointment. However, nothing that happens at an REI appointment is exceptionally scary or worrisome. Hopefully this post will go a long way to ease your mind and help you prepare as you get ready for your first appointment with your REI.