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How Can I Prepare for My First Fertility Care Appointment?

Author: Elizabeth Shrader, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC

If you’re like many women who have struggled with fertility issues, preparing for that first appointment with your fertility specialist can cause a range of emotions, from giddy excitement to nervous anxiety. Making the decision to seek out infertility treatment in Mesa or Tempe is a great first step in addressing potential medical issues and growing the family you dream of having! So, how can you best prepare for the journey ahead?

How to Prepare for Starting Infertility Treatment

MIND: Surround yourself with a support group. Fertility care can be a highly emotional experience for many couples. Between fluctuating hormone levels and high expectations, the process can take a lot of energy – both physical and emotional. Some couples choose to let their close friends and family know about the decision they’ve made to pursue fertility care here in Tempe or Mesa. If you have a close-knit support group, you might consider doing the same.

BODY: Take your health seriously. I encourage all of my patients who want to become pregnant – whether they’re dealing with fertility problems or not – to take their health seriously. If you want to become pregnant, start modifying your diet, exercise, and behavior habits accordingly. That means reducing or eliminating caffeine and alcohol, quitting smoking (if you smoke), exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet (you may consider taking folic acid), and seeing your physician for regular wellness exams. For the healthiest pregnancy, be sure you’re current on your immunizations and that any chronic health conditions you have are under control and receiving the necessary medical attention.

Take a Brief 5-Question Fertility Questionnaire

To learn more about fertility and your infertility treatment options in Mesa and Tempe, AZ, take this brief five-question fertility questionnaire. A staff member at Arizona Associates for Women’s Health will contact you. Call 480-257-2700 to schedule an appointment.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

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