What happens during your first visit at CWRC? Mostly conversation, says fertility specialist Dr. Nataki Douglas.
“The first office visit is about 90 minutes long; about 45 minutes are reserved for your meeting with the physician”
She says. “You will meet with a physician who becomes your primary doctor at CWRC ”. Your primary doctor is the doctor who will work most closely with you to design your treatment program. Most of the actual treatments will be conducted by our team of board certified physicians in our office at Columbus Circle. Our office is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. “Most of that first visit is a conversation. It is a time for you to ask questions, and for the physician to ask about your medical history. Your primary physician wants to learn as much as she/he can in order to determine what fertility treatments would be best for you.”
The physician will also outline the tests needed to diagnose the cause or causes of infertility and will discuss treatment options and success rates. Afterward, you might get an ultrasound or have blood drawn.
Bring your ID and insurance card with you, says Melissa Kline, an Admissions Coordinator at CWRC. “And check ahead of time that your referral was sent to us (if your insurance requires it). If you’ve had testing at your OB/GYN or past treatment, bring copies of those records with you,” she adds.
After your initial consultation, a nurse will review everything you discussed with the physician and help you plan your next steps. “You won’t leave confused,” promises Nora Spielman, Patient Services Manager. “It’s a lot of information, and we’ll make sure you understand your next steps before you leave. And we encourage you to always ask us, ‘What do I need to do next and when do I need to do it?’”
To learn more visit our Getting Started page, or one of our Admissions Counselors at 646-756-8294. Once they book you an appointment, they will send you a link with a lot of information about CWRC and what to expect.