Coping with Fertility Testing Guide for Women

Female fertility testing can be both a physically and emotionally challenging time. For this reason, making sure you are prepared for the process of undergoing infertility tests is important so as to be actively involved in the diagnosis and treatment of fertility problems as well as to minimize any stress that these processes involve.

Preparing for Your First Visit

Your initial fertility consultation is an important starting point in your infertility treatment; at your first appointment, your fertility specialist will compile your medical history and in some cases perform preliminary tests; this will provide the basis for your infertility diagnosis as well as the treatment of fertility problems. At this time, you can also ask your fertility specialist any questions you may have about fertility test options that may work best for you.

Knowing what to expect at this first visit will help to eliminate much of the fear and stress that goes along with going to see a fertility specialist.  By arming yourself with as much knowledge as possible, you will help yourself to feel comfortable during this first examination.  If you read up on the type of tests your doctor may recommend you will feel more empowered because you will understand what is happening. For example, if your doctor says he wants to send you for a FH test, it can be very scary--especially if you don't know what FH is.  But, if you read up on this test beforehand you will know that an FH test is a simple blood test that measure hormones in your body that are needed for proper ovulation and pregnancy preparation.  Now, if you doctor recommends this test it won't seem so scary?  Are you getting the picture?

Taking Care of Yourself

Because fertility testing can sometimes cause health concerns, it is important to take care of your mental and physical well-being. Following a healthy diet and exercise regimen can help you cope with fertility testing as well as prepare you for infertility treatment. In fact, by taking care of your health, you can improve you and your partner's chances of successfully getting pregnant.  Also, read up on how certain foods and lifestyle choices can affect your fertility.  Find out more about what you can do for optimum fertility health.