Step 2: SEEKING MEDICAL HELP
- It is important that you and your partner discuss your desire to have a family before seeking medical help as successful diagnosis and treatment involves participation of both partners.
- Typically you will first contact your family doctor or gynaecologist who will provide information about fertility and may carry out preliminary tests.
- They may be unable to carry out some of the treatment you require and at that point you should be referred to a specially trained fertility expert for comprehensive fertility testing and treatment.
How long should it take to obtain a first consultation about our fertility?
- No longer than three months – though delays could be longer in rural areas and/or where there are limited facilities or long waiting lists.
Questions to ask at this stage
- What are the financial implications if we need comprehensive fertility testing and treatment?
- When can we be referred to a fertility specialist?
The information provided in this article was adapted from THE ACT PATHWAY BOOKLET developed by The Assisted Conception Taskforce (ACT). ACT is an international group of healthcare professionals and patient representatives from 17 countries with a specialist interest/expertise in conception difficulties. ACT aims to provide education, advice and support to couples experiencing conception difficulties by raising awareness of the issue. ACT has been supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Merck Serono S.A. Find information on ACT initiatives at www.assistedconception.net