Setting Realistic Expectations

Before undergoing fertility treatment, it’s important to set realistic goals and expectations so that your journey to achieving pregnancy is a positive one.


It is important when you come into the office for your initial infertility visit, that you have realistic expectations. Some people hope to walk into the office and then walk out again pregnant. While this has happened a few times in my career, is very unlikely. So let me walk you through what you will be doing.

Initially, the first month or two testing. That testing will take several visits; maybe two or three visits to perform ultrasound and blood work testing and a few other tests. The treatment process is much more intensive. There are frequent ultrasounds and blood work, usually first thing in the morning. It is important that you are able to get here. For instance, people who live far away, especially in the winter, you must take this into consideration because these appointments are very time-sensitive and cannot be moved.

Also another group of patients that I amĀ concerned about is teachers. Teachers tend to come right when their school year is over. What this means is that the testing will be done during the time when they have a lot of time off but treatment will usually start just about when the school year starts and this becomes very difficult for them. Hopefully this information has given you good pointers about the timeline for your infertility care. I wish you good luck on your fertility journey.


Dr. Schillings is a board certified reproductive endocrinologist, obstetrician and gynecologist. She leads all aspects of patient care at RMAPA. In addition, she formerly led the medical team at RE & I Specialist with the Lehigh Valley Physician Group. Dr. Schillings is chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Lehigh Valley Hospital Health Network and Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Penn State College of Medicine.