We look forward to welcoming you to UNC Fertility for your first visit. We are excited to begin our journey together and expect that you will have many questions for us, especially during your first visit. For couples, we strongly recommend that both partners attend the first visit if at all possible. During your first visit we outline what you can expect, which may help to address some of the common questions and concerns many people have at this moment.
Your First Visit
Our ultimate goal is to provide unsurpassed medical and emotional support to give you the best chances of conceiving a healthy baby. The journey to this goal begins with the first visit. During this time our physicians, nurses and administrative staff will get to know you and your partner. This visit usually lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. One hour of this time is spent in a one-on-one consultation with your physician, who will discuss your medical history, determine any testing that you will need, begin creating a customized treatment plan and answer any questions that you may have. We may also perform a physical exam, a vaginal ultrasound and perform blood work. Your physician may recommend a uterine X-ray called an HSG (Hysterosalpingogram) to detect any structural abnormalities in the fallopian tubes or uterus.
Testing the Male Partner (when applicable)
Since 50 percent of infertility problems can be linked to male medical conditions, discovering and treating any issues early in the process can help you achieve pregnancy much sooner. Your physician may recommend a test called a semen analysis to analyze the quality and quantity of sperm.
Your Unique Treatment Plan
As each patient has different needs, each treatment plan is customized to address those unique needs. The time it takes to create a plan and begin treatment will vary accordingly. After evaluating your medical history and your test results, your physician will provide a recommendation and treatment can begin.
Costs and Insurance Coverage
During this first visit, we will invite you to speak with one of our financial counselors. Our counselors are experts at making treatment more affordable. He or she will walk you through the costs associated with your treatment plan, inform you of any financial packages available to you, help you to maximize any insurance coverage you may have, answer your questions and ensure that you fully understand the details of your investment.
Time-Saving Tip for Your First Visit
Before your first visit, we ask that you download, print and complete the applicable registration forms and bring them with you. We also ask that you arrange to have any pertinent medical information about your relevant medical and/or reproductive history forwarded to our offices.
We are here to support you throughout this process. If at any time you would like to speak with us — either before your first visit or any time after — we invite you to contact us at 919-908-0000.