You have recently found out that you and your partner have fertility problems. This is terrible news, especially because as a broody woman, you have always dreamt of having a child of your own. Fertility has become a dirty word in your world. Hearing that you are infertile is awful news but at least now there is a reason for your inability to conceive. You are still desperate to have a baby and you can think of nothing else, other than holding a baby in your arms and extending your family. You will do absolutely anything it takes, no matter the cost, procedures and time needed. However, bear in mind that you should try for a baby, for at least a year before seeking out fertility help.
After much research into the cause of your infertility, you know that it is an expensive process, that it may not be successful and may require some kind of extensive operation. Finding the perfect fertility specialist is a crucial element in helping to create a beautiful and healthy baby. Here is all the information you will need to know when it comes to choosing a fertility specialist.
Get Ready for the Rollercoaster Ride
There is no doubt that this is a very stressful and worrisome time. You need to be prepared for numerous long visits to the fertility clinic. You also need to be prepared for the fact that the treatments might never work and that eventually, it might be better for you to give up and consider other options.
Consider all the elements in your life that could be hindering your ability to successfully conceive. Your age, genetic make-up, family history and environmental factors could all be possible explanations for your infertility. Discuss these issues with your doctor. Remember that preparation for either outcome is crucial.
Choosing Your Fertility Specialist
Before you even start your quest to find the doctor that will hopefully change your life and bring the pitter patter of little feet, you need to set limits for yourself and your partner. Some examples include setting a time frame for conception, setting a cost limit, what treatments you are willing to try and which you are not. Find out what each procedure entails and how much time you will need to take part in this treatment.
Choosing the perfect fertility specialist to help make your perfect baby is not an easy decision to make. With the expense and abundance of emotions that comes with infertility, there are a number of things that need to be considered. You have spent considerable amounts of time trying to get to the root of your infertility. The same effort should be spent trying to find the right fertility specialist. According to Fertile Hope, these are some of the things you will need to consider and investigate when recruiting your fertility specialist:
- Success and pregnancy rates
- Qualifications and experience of the specialist and his team
- The different types of fertility problems experienced by other patients
- Support systems available to patients
- Reputation and references
- Find a doctor who is sympathetic to your needs and to what you are going through
No one said this would be easy, it involves a vast amount of research, time and dedication. Consider finding and going to a clinic that specialises in your type of infertility. Also, don’t be embarrassed about asking a million questions, the doctor is there to offer you a service, to keep you calm and help you to improve your fertility status. Find out exactly what each procedure entails, as well as a possible plan B, in other words, what other treatments are available to you.
Your doctor will ask you a number of questions based on your family history as well as a number of other questions regarding your infertility. This means that it is crucial that both partners are present. Be prepared for a number of different and uncomfortable questions.
Different Types of Fertility Doctors
There are 3 types of fertility doctors that you can turn to when trying for a baby. Like all factors surrounding choosing the ideal fertility specialist, you will need to conduct extensive research around what each of these doctors offer and what they do to assist with your fertility problem. When looking for a fertility specialist, it is important to bear in mind that everyone is different and that we all have different needs and react differently to treatments. This means that finding the right doctor for you and your infertility problem is crucial.
Obstetrician or Gynaecologist
This doctor specialises in the sexual functioning of women. They are also experts in childbirth, pregnancy and reproductive organs. They see to some of the following issues: hormonal imbalances, STD’s and cervical cancer.
According to The Guide to Egg Donation and Infertility, this type of doctor is similar to a Gynaecologist, except they are doctors for men. They specialise in the general wellbeing of men. They focus on problems such as reproductive system, sexual health and functioning.
These are gynaecologists who have had more training and received further education in the reproductive disorders field. They specialise on improving fertility.
Things to Consider When Choosing your Fertility Specialist
- Is the doctor sympathetic to your needs?
- Do you feel they will go the extra mile for you, in order to have a baby?
- Can you trust your doctor?
- Does your doctor want to help you, or is he/she just after your money?
- Do you believe your doctor will be honest with you?
- Does your doctor explain things properly and take the time to listen to what you have to say?
- Does he/she answer all your questions and put your mind at ease?
- Is your doctor qualified to help you?
- How successful are his/her treatments and what type of reputation does he/she have?
Finding Dr. Right
Choosing the right doctor that will put your mind at ease and ensure that your needs are put first, is crucial as you prepare for an emotional, stressful and potentially disappointing journey. Resorting to fertility treatments requires research, time, money and dedication. Having fertility problems is upsetting enough; so you shouldn’t have to worry about your fertility specialist. Good luck with your journey of conception, pregnancy and children