Everyone’s fertility journey is different. At CARE Fertility, our expert team of physicians creates personalized treatment plans to support your goal of getting pregnant.
We’ve made changes to many of our policies and procedures to keep our patients, staff, and their families safe from the coronavirus. That means that all of our initial appointments take place either by phone call or via Zoom, a video conferencing software we use to conduct telehealth consultations.
Even with the precautions we must take in the age of COVID-19, it is still possible for those struggling with infertility to achieve their dreams of having a family.
Here’s what to expect during your first few consultations and appointments with CARE Fertility:
Your first telehealth consultation
Your first appointment will take place remotely over Zoom, or by regular phone call if you prefer. It’s ideal if your partner can be with you for the consultation.
Prior to your initial consultation, you will be asked to complete an online medical history form. Completing your medical history 1 to 2 days prior to your consultation allows time for your physician to review and prepare.
We realize it is not always possible to obtain past fertility records. If you can, great but if not, no worries! You and your physician can still talk and strategize the best approach to your fertility journey.
During the video conference, we’ll ask questions to help us understand your medical and reproductive history. We’ll discuss any prior pregnancies, medical problems, surgeries, menstrual patterns, pelvic pain, prior evaluation and treatment for infertility, and your partner’s history.
To prepare for your Zoom visit, make a list of questions you would like answered. All of our physicians love questions!
After we answer your questions, your physician will discuss your next steps. One of our financial counselors will call you after your visit to discuss insurance coverage and cost. Additionally, our front office staff will help you schedule your first in-person appointment.
Above all, be sure to check your mailbox over the next few days following your visit. We have a “welcome envelope” with goodies coming your way!
Your first onsite visit with a CARE Fertility physician
Your initial appointment does not need to be scheduled at any particular time of the menstrual cycle.
For this appointment, only the patient being evaluated should be present to reduce the risk of COVID-19 — so please leave your partner and loved ones at home. If your partner is also having testing done, it is possible your visits may be close in time, but you’ll have to share notes about the details after the visit!
Arriving for your first onsite visit
When you arrive, you’ll call us from the parking lot to let us know you’ve arrived. We’ll ask questions about any respiratory symptoms or possible exposure to those who may be infected with COVID-19.
When we’re ready for you, we’ll call you and a temperature check will be performed before you enter the building. Please make sure you keep your air conditioner running in the car while you wait. It is hot in Texas this time of year!
Masks are required at all times. You must keep your mouth and nose covered at all times while you are in the office even if you are alone in the bathroom or exam room. Please remember, our goal is the safety of all of our patients, staff and everyone’s family.
For the latest information about visiting our offices during COVID-19, please read our full coronavirus treatment policy.
During your first onsite visit
During this visit, your physician will perform a full physical examination which includes a pelvic exam and a transvaginal ultrasound to evaluate the size and shape of the uterus and ovaries. Your physician will point out your uterus and ovaries to help you get your bearings! Ultrasound helps identify anatomical causes of infertility like polyps, scar tissue, ovarian cysts, and uterine fibroids. Ultrasound also allows us to assess your “egg count” or egg reserve.
Routine blood work can also be done at this time, which includes screening for infectious disease, genetic screening, and prenatal labs. Frequently your AMH level (blood test to look at your egg count) is drawn at this visit. To better understand why genetic screening is recommended, visit the SEMA 4 website. This is not a fertility test but a general OB test prior to pregnancy to help couples better understand potential problems for their future child.
Due to the constraints of COVID, we do not have any face-to-face (or mask-to-mask) discussions in the office. We feel every question is important and will happily schedule a follow-up Zoom or phone consultation to discuss initial test results and answer questions. Remember, information is power!
Getting your personalized treatment plan
Once we have completed your initial testing (which typically can be done with just 2 in-person visits), you and your physician will schedule a Zoom or phone consultation to discuss treatment options. After that call, the rest of our CARE Fertility team will talk with you to help you begin your personalized fertility journey.
From there, you’ll begin your treatment plan. It’s as simple as that, and you’ll have a dedicated, helpful staff to assist you through the process.
To schedule your initial telehealth consultation with CARE Fertility, call 817-540-1157.