A patient I saw today was crying bitterly because a doctor had told her she was suffering from "secondary " infertility.

She thought that secondary meant it was a more advanced and complicated form of infertility, which meant that her chances of getting pregnant would be very low.

I had to explain to her that secondary simply meant an infertile patient who had been pregnant in the past, and did not refer to the "stage" of the disease !

Doctors need to explain medical terms to patients - and patients need to do some research before jumping to the wrong conclusion !

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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