What happens at your first visit?
All consultations are performed by Dr. Andrew Levi. Unlike many fertility practices, all new patient consultations and follow-up consults are performed by just one doctor, not by a nurse or by a doctor not familiar with your history. We understand that infertility can be stressful, and your first visit is really an opportunity for you to ask questions and to gain a better understanding about why you have been experiencing problems conceiving and what testing might be appropriate for you.
All new patient appointments are scheduled for one hour.
During that time, you will meet privately with Dr. Andrew Levi. You will not undergo a physical examination at your first visit – we believe that your initial consult will be best spent discussing your history, answering any questions that you might have, and creating a short- and long-term plan of care. Patients with reproductive issues other than infertility can expect this same level of care and compassion.
Fertility tests are an essential part of fertility evaluation and treatment.
Through testing, it may be possible to discover what is preventing a patient and her partner from achieving pregnancy. A regular gynecologist may do some basic testing, but a reproductive endocrinologist (a doctor specializing in fertility) or a urologist (for male infertility) usually performs the more thorough fertility testing.
Fertility testing involves both partners. While we may think of pregnancy as happening in the woman’s body, conception takes two! According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, one-third of infertility cases are due to female factor infertility, one-third are due to male factor infertility, and the remaining third are due to problems on both sides or unexplained infertility.