When it comes to fertility treatment, time is of the essence. Your chances of conceiving only diminish as time marches by. A second opinion in your fertility care helps optimize your fertility treatment outcome.
If you have been undergoing fertility treatment, you may be wondering if it’s time for you to explore other options. Maybe you’ve heard about other fertility treatment options that your doctor is not recommending and you want to explore all of the options applicable to your condition. If you feel you are not getting the attention, clear answers, and all possible option considerations, it’s time to consider getting a second opinion. It will help you pursue a different treatment plan or help you choose a different doctor that will provide you that different treatment protocol.
Perhaps you’ve been seeing a generalist OB/GYN, and you’re wondering if it’s time to finally talk to a specialist (a reproductive endocrinologist or RE). There are approximately 1,400 reproductive endocrinologists in the United States alone. Many women often wait too long to see a RE as they often spend too long taking oral fertility drugs under the care of their OB/GYN.
Don’t feel guilty about wanting a second opinion for your fertility treatment.
The relationship between you and your doctor is essential; but sometimes, even though you trust your physician, it might be time for a second pair of eyes to review your fertility issues and treatment plan. This is important as there are so many fertility treatment options, path, and plans. And often specialists and/or fertility clinics have their own preferences or prefer to use only a few protocols that may not necessarily be the best match for your existing condition, need, or wish.
Many women worry that their doctor will be upset or that it will undermine the relationship if one seeks another viewpoint. In reality, it’s important that you do what is best for YOU. And doctors, at the same time, are used to this approach by their patients. Your relationship with your doctor is on a professional basis. You should not worry that your decision to seek another opinion will insult them. You need to keep your own needs at the forefront as you move forward with your fertility journey.
You should keep in mind that changing your focus may be the exact thing needed to be successful. Time is of the essence when you’re trying to conceive so when things are not working it is your right to find out why and to seek alternative views, paths, or providers.
Involve your doctor if you can in your wish to seek second opinion in your fertility care.
A professional doctor will want you to have the best care possible and should support your decision to seek another professional opinion. A second opinion may validate the current course of treatment or may bring to light a different course of action. Either way, your current doctor most likely will support your decision. If they do not, you may want to find a different doctor anyway.
Getting a second opinion in your fertility care is a positive move.
When you are struggling with infertility, it is crucial that you explore all avenues of treatment available to you so you follow the best course of treatment for your condition. Making the best decision for you is dependent on making an informed decision, which means you need as much information about why you are not conceiving and what treatment options are available to you.
Here’s 3 things to consider when seeking a fertility treatment second opinion.
Where do you begin once you’ve decided it’s time to get a second opinion? There are many things to keep in mind. Here are 3 things to consider when seeking a fertility treatment second opinion.
1. Obtaining your medical records
You will be able to request your medical records from your current clinic. Often, it takes time to obtain your records so plan ahead. And, you can typically choose from a few delivery options: receive them via mail, via email as a PDF, or fax them to the new clinic. Keep in mind that some clinics will charge a small fee to transfer your records.
2. Choosing the type of doctor who will provide the second opinion
You may be ready to move from an OB/GYN to a specialist (RE), or perhaps you’re interested in seeking a second opinion from a new RE. If you have been trying to conceive for a while and/or have a known pre-existing medical condition, it makes sense to seek an opinion from a specialist (RE). The important thing to make sure when choosing a RE is to seek out a specialist for your particular disorder or condition.
3. Choosing the right delivery method for your second opinion
A lot has changed in the availability of fertility treatment. Previously the only choice you had was to find another fertility clinic in your area to visit in-person. Now thanks to technology, you can opt to consult remotely with a specialist at your convenience. If you choose to do it remotely, you could save yourself a lot of time and money.
Let Opionato be your fertility treatment second opinion.
Opionato offers easily accessible, expedited, and affordable fertility treatment second opinions from top-notch fertility experts from multiple US fertility clinics from the comfort and privacy of your home. A second opinion from Opionato will ultimately save you money, time, and relieve stress. And it may be exactly what you need to conceive and have a healthy baby.
Opionato’s second opinion includes a detailed review of your medical history, fertility treatment, and family history. Your ultimate second opinion report will include recommendations on:
Testing (missing and to be done medical and/or genetic tests)
Treatment protocols (suggested and reasons for it)
Treatment add-ons (to consider and why they are important)
A second opinion is an invaluable step in evaluating your fertility treatment progress and future fertility path direction. If you are interested in obtaining an independent second option don’t wait.
Opionato (www.opionato.com) is your trusted fertility navigator offering anytime from anywhere instant fertility assessment and fertility chat with the world's leading fertility experts. We empower you with knowledge about your fertility potential and fertility options so you can take informed fertility actions that make your path to pregnancy short, cost-effective, and stress-free.
Opionato started with one woman’s personal fertility experience and the vision to give others what she lacked. Read Maja’s story here: https://www.opionato.com/blog/what-i-wish-i-knew-my-fertility-journey.
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