Dein Start in der Kinderwunschklinik: Checkliste bei Kinderwunsch

Your Start at the Fertility Clinic: Checklist for Family Planning

The journey to parenthood can be challenging. For some couples, seeking the support of a fertility clinic is the next step. Here are helpful tips on how to choose a fertility clinic and prepare for this significant step.

Choosing a Fertility Clinic

When selecting a fertility clinic, consider that it is not only a place for medical treatment, but the clinic staff significantly contributes to your well-being.

  • Location and Travel Time: Given that you'll have multiple appointments during treatment, consider the location and travel time to the clinic.
  • Opinions and Reviews: Before deciding on a clinic, seek opinions from acquaintances, friends, and read reviews about the clinic.
  • Comfort Aspect: Keep in mind that the fertility clinic is not only a place for medical treatment but that the clinic staff plays a crucial role in your well-being. It's important that you, as a patient, feel comfortable, and that your concerns, questions, and worries are taken seriously.

Initial Consultation and Diagnosis:

During the initial consultation, the causes of unfulfilled fertility desires are explored, which can be diverse.

Gynecological examinations can provide insight into the causes. Therefore, it's advisable to bring all existing findings related to this.

  • Discussion of medical history, previous illnesses and lifestyle
  • Gynecological examination and ultrasound of the uterus
  • PAP smear and culture for bacteria and chlamydia to detect possible diseases
  • Thyroid levels TSH, fT4 for diagnosing possible thyroid over- or under-function
  • Hormone profile from days 2-4 of the menstrual cycle (including FSH, LH, Estradiol)
  • Discussion of current medication

For about 40% of couples, the male is the decisive factor in infertility. Male predisposition often plays a crucial role in unfulfilled fertility desires.

Andrological examinations can assist in the diagnosis:

  • In-depth discussion about previous illnesses and lifestyle
  • Examination of the reproductive organs
  • Semen analysis to analyze sperm concentration, motility, and morphology

Depending on the diagnosis, various examinations may be necessary, ranging from blood tests to ultrasounds and genetic tests. The fertility clinic will then discuss the best treatment options with you, whether it's insemination, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), or other techniques.

Financial Aspects

Fertility treatments can be financially burdensome. Inquire in advance about the costs and clarify which services are covered by health insurance, the IVF fund (in Austria), or other institutions.

Don't Forget Emotional Support

The fertility journey can be emotionally demanding. Ensure you have the necessary emotional support from friends, family, coaches, or psychological counseling at the clinic.

Self-Care Matters

While focusing on the medical aspects, don't forget to take care of yourself. Stress can impact fertility, so find ways to relax and nurture your physical and emotional health.