A typical basic work-up includes consultations, required blood investigations and ultrasound scans.
A consultation session is always handled by a fertility expert, a doctor who has studied to handle infertility and has relevant experience for the same. The first consultation generally requires a longer duration since the doctor will need to understand the context, the problem and also analyze any earlier reports. Generally, patients can expect this to last for about 30 minutes.
Consultations with the following experts are available
- Fertility Expert – Couples wanting to consult for general infertility or for specific female infertility related topics can consult a fertility expert. They usually are gynecologists who have done their super specialization in treating infertility
- Andrologist – Couples wanting to consult a doctor to manage male infertility need to consult an andrologist. An andrologist will also be the doctor who will handle any diagnostic or operative procedures for handling infertility.
- Physician – The fertility expert or an andrologist may refer a patient to a physician for further analysis and treatment specific conditions like diabetes, hyper-thyrodism, hypertension etc. A physician may also be consulted for getting “fitness” certificate prior to any surgery.
- Sonologist – This is a doctor who specializes in ultrasound scans. So all couples needing expert guidance in scans can consult this doctor.
- Anesthetist – Patients may need to consult an anesthetist prior to a surgery for a PAC (Pre Anesthesia Checkup). Here the anesthetist will check various parameters to ensure patient is ready to receive anesthesia. This is a very critical step to ensure patient safety during a procedure. Patients may also consult an anesthetist for pain management.
- Embryologist – Couples may consult an embryologist to understand the process of IVF, IUI, ICSI etc. or to get counseling support.