SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
It is natural that when a person decides to undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF), he/she wants to be sure that good results will be achieved. In times of assurance it is prescribed to visit a fertility specialist before using any ancillary reproductive technology (ART).
1. What is going on during the primary consultation?
The initial consultation is one of the most important stages of the treatment. It begins with a conversation between a doctor and a patient, during which the results of the previous treatment and the surgical interventions performed, are discussed. Afterwards, the patient or the couple are to pass general gynecological and ultrasound examination to make sure that the reproductive organs are in order for further ART.
Based on the data obtained, your doctor will make a diagnosis and determine tactics of the following treatment, taking your personal health state into consideration. Moreover, in case if any additional examinations are needed, the specialist will inform you about it at the consultation. You will get a full description and indications for the investigation. If you have any questions concerning preliminary treatment plan or the following examinations which have to be performed – feel free to ask you doctor about it.
2. Do I have to come alone?
A fertility specialist consultation, as any other medical consultation, is known to be rather stressful. For this reason, you are able to visit the doctor with your partner if it makes you feel more comfortable. According to long-term experience, making the steps to your dream with your partner makes consultations and treatment less stressful and brings the couple together on the way to having a baby.
3. How much time does it take?
The initial consultation itself lasts 45-90 minutes depending on the case complexity. At the first meeting with a doctor, you will discuss your medical history. Nevertheless, the purpose of the initial consultation is both to determine the next steps towards a long-awaited pregnancy, and to create trust-based relationship between the doctor and the patient. That is why it is about an hour or more worth spending on the first meeting.
4. What do I have to bring with?
It is also important to get well prepared for the primary personal contact with the fertility specialist. Here is a list of the things that are to be brought with to the initial consultation:
• Results of all analyses and investigations performed before visiting «Scandinavia AVA-PETER » clinic.
• Previous discharge reports.
• A list of important questions.
It would be better if you think of the questions you are interested in at home and even write them down on a piece of paper not to forget something important during the consultation because of emotions and a large amount of new information. Ask the questions to your doctor without any hesitations. Make sure that you understand the treatment and payment plan step by step.
As it has already been mentioned, it is recommended to come together with your partner so that you both understand your treatment plan.
5. How to make an appointment?
The first step in this journey is to contact with our coordinators in the most convenient way for you:
• by email,
• by phone,
• leaving a request on the website.
Our medical specialists and coordinators are qualified to communicate with patients in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Chinese thus breaking the language barrier. They will do their best to answer your questions personally or to arrange an online consultation with a fertility specialist if required.