Knowing what to expect and being prepared is always the way to go. Male fertility appointments are fairly common and routine. A CDC study analyzed data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and found that 3.3–4.7 million sexually experienced men younger than age 45 reported seeing a fertility doctor during their lifetime. However there are a few things to get sorted out prior to your appointment. Below is a guide that can be used as a checklist before your first checkup.
Pre-appointment Pointers – It’s important to be aware of any restrictions prior to a fertility examination. It’s a common rule to refrain from ejaculating for 2 to 3 days before a semen analysis. This gives your body time to reproduce sperm cells so you don’t give a low sperm sample while also not giving a low motility sample which can happen if you refrain from ejaculating for more than 5 days.
Symptoms- Know all of your symptoms to discuss them with your healthcare provider. Write them all down before your appointment. Be sure to write down all of your symptoms even if some don’t seem related to the issue you are visiting for.
Personal – Talk to your healthcare provider about the kind of work you do and if it is strenuous on the body or in other ways. Mention any recent life changes and if you experience a lot of stress.
Family Problems- It’s important to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any male relatives with reproductive or fertility problems. This could help in figuring out the fertility problems you are having.
Medications- Before your fertility appointment make sure to write down all meds you are taking to discuss them with your doctor including any prior use of muscle building supplements, vitamins and recreational drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, etc. There may be some medications that could affect fertility or fertility testing.
Tip- Two minds are better than one so take your partner with you to not only support you but also to help you keep track of the doctor’s instructions, ask questions you might not think of, and to discuss any female fertility issues she may have.