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Seeing a consultant

First consultation appointment
Welfare of the child

First consultation appointment

A referral to the Regional Fertility Centre will be in one person’s name, although the consultation is for both you and your partner. It is essential that you attend the appointment together, unless you are attending as a single woman.

Before your appointment with the consultant, you will need to fill in some forms. You should arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to do this.

During your initial consultation with the doctor, they will take a detailed history from both you and your partner. It’s important to get as much background information as possible.

At this first appointment, a transvaginal ultrasound (internal) scan of the pelvis is usually carried out to assess the womb and ovaries. However, this is not always the case.

Other investigations that may be arranged are:

  • detailed semen analysis
  • FSH and oestradiol levels – taken on day two or three of the cycle
  • BMI measurement (female)

Welfare of the child

The Regional Fertility Centre is required to take account of the welfare of any child born as a result of fertility treatment in a licensed centre or any other child who may be affected by the birth.

All patients attending their initial consultation will therefore be asked to complete a short questionnaire. See the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) website for more details.

Please note: If you request a female member of staff, we will make every effort to accommodate the request. However, we can’t guarantee that a female member of staff will be available for any specific appointment.


You may find this information useful before your first appointment: