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Most infertile couples are confused about whom they should visit when they require medical assistance. It’s true that both the man and the woman get affected by infertility, but it’s typically the woman who is proactive with seeking medical care. Most bypass their family doctor, but they aren’t too sure about whether they should consult a gynecologist or an infertility specialist.
There are certain advantages and disadvantages to both these options and its worth looking at what these are.
The Logical Choice
The first logical choice is obviously the gynecologist and most women also have a long-standing relationship with him and are more comfortable with approaching him. Since these specialists tackle women’s health problems, most of them are competent enough to quickly recognize when infertility is the issue. However , they are very conservative in their approach and this can cause problems.
If you have a complex problem, an infertility specialist should be your first choice- they are experienced and have the expertise to deal with infertility, and will solve most of the problems with the use of advanced reproductive technology. But the other fact to keep in view, is that they are also quite expensive; some of them will also include complex, and unnecessary treatment that is very expensive, even when it isn’t warranted. All these aspects leave patients in a quandary and they aren’t at all sure which specialist they should approach.
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Take Control of Your Treatment
In an ideal world, gynecologists should be taking care of all the simple infertility problems; in case the couple fails to achieve a pregnancy within 6 months, they would then refer these patients to an infertility specialist. But that’s not how things typically work. Since most doctors have a proprietary attitude towards their patients , they are reluctant to refer these patients to infertility specialists; after all which doctor in his right mind would want to lose his patient?
But the patient is the one who stands to lose- money, time and energy ! One useful tip is to create a clear plan of action with a well defined timeframe in partnership with your doctor. This will give you a very clear idea about what your treatment options are; it will help you hold the reins of your medical treatments as well as your life, and it gives you peace of mind that you have done your best.
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