What do you do when your doctor looks at all your tests and tells you that you are infertile? Do you just give up on your dream of having a family of your own or do you plan to do something about it? More often than not, couples start their infertility treatments not realizing how tedious, emotionally draining and expensive they are. So, if you have just been told you are infertile, what should you do?
The Objective View
You should get an second opinion from a specialist because:
- A second opinion from an unbiased and reliable doctor can reassure you that there is hope. Remember that not all gynecologists are specialists at treating infertility
- It can also simplify a lot of complex issues for you both emotionally and financially, putting them in a clear context
- You will be able to plan your approach to infertility after understanding all your options better
- Besides, when two different doctors give you the same advice, you are more confident you are on the right track.
Why a Second Opinion?
When people are diagnosed with life threatening diseases, they almost always look for a second opinion. It is unfortunate then that the same people would not look for a second opinion when they experience infertility.
Today, infertility is very common and it can be a source of immense pain to couples who are desirous of having their own child. Since infertility treatments are very expensive, wouldn't getting a second opinion about your treatment options be a good idea ?
What Is a Second Opinion?
In medical terms,a second opinion is when you visit a doctor other than who you have been visiting as a patient, to confirm you are on the right track. When you are going for a second opinion, you already have some idea of what to expect, so you can't really be disappointed.
On the contrary, the second doctor may describe some facets of your case that your regular doctor may have overlooked or missed. The objective of getting an second opinion is to get a fresh perspectiv.
Is a Second Opinion Genuinely Independent?
A second opinion may not always be completely independent, especially if you are visiting a doctor of the same team, or the same clinic.
You may or may not share the findings of your initial consultation with your primary doctor – even though it is advised that you do. The doctor, who gives you a second opinion, may or may not treat you – depending on the decisions you make about your treatment.
An infertility second opinion helps to reassure you that your diagnosis has been correct and that what your doctor is suggesting is indeed required. It can give you tremendous peace of mind !